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Frame drum (banku-raban)

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Cylindrical shell of jak wood (?) tapered toward bottom. Single skin head stretched over upper end, held in place by band of skin with small iron tacks through it. Eight additional large copper tacks through triangular tabs of skin, which alternate large and small.

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

Object Place

Sri Lanka

Dimensions

Height 17.6 cm, diameter 50.5 cm (Height 6 15/16 in., diameter 19 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1740

Medium or Technique

Jak wood, leather

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Membranophones