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Frame drum (tamil)

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Shallow rim of iron, wrapped entirely with strands of hemp (?). Single skin head glued on, just overlapping lower edge.


In pencil on top of head: [indecipherable]


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


Height 3.4 cm, diameter 29.8 cm (Height 1 5/16 in., diameter 11 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Iron, animal skin


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Membranophones