University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameDamaru
Object Number:51-4-53A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 1800 - 1951
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1800 - 1951
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Skin
Cloth
Paint
Leather
Cowrie Shell
Silk
Silver
Carnelian
Glass
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Robert R. Service, 1951
Other Number:4 - Other Number

Description

Drum (Damaru). Polished wood with skin drumheads painted green. Short, circular, with short waist around which is a loop of the cloth and leather carrying band ornamented with 5 groups each of 4 cowries; long pendant of cloth with silk tassels, ornamented with silver disc, carnelian, silver(?) and glass beads. Such drums were originally made of human skull and human skin. The cowries indicate it is an old type.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Possehl, Gregory L., and Ch'eng-mei, Chang, and Peters, Heather, and Lyons, Elizabeth. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 50View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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