Rattle drum (thod-rnga)

1900–50


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

Length: 15.5 cm, width: 12.5 cm, depth: 13 cm (Length: 6 1/8 in., width: 4 15/16 in., depth: 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2004.1

Medium or Technique

Bone, skin, brass, stones, silk

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Membranophones

Body formed from crowns of two human skulls joined to form hourglass shape. Heads of skin painted dark green. Striking pellets formed from rolled pieces of textile, suspended from cords. Waistband of purple silk, decorated with turquoise, coral, and four brass studs in form of human skulls. Banner of silk in various colors with silk fringe.

Provenance

About 1993, sold by a dealer, New York to Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York; 2004, sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2004)

Credit Line

William Lindsey Fund, by exchange