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Pair of drums (tabla and baya)

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Baya: Deep hemispherical shell of nickel-plated brass. Head of thick goat skin attached to plaited, four-ply hoop of leather. Upper hoop laced with strip of buffalo hide in V-pattern to lower hoop of leather at base of body. Tabla: Inverted conical shell of brown hardwood with shallow round stem...

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1990, gift of Ravi Nadkarni, Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1990)

Credit Line

Gift of Ravi Nadkarni

about 1980

Object Place

Mumbai, India


Tabla height 26.5 cm, diameter 17.5 cm (Height 10 7/16 in., diameter 6 7/8 in.) Baya height 26 cm, diameter 28 cm (Height 10 1/4 in., diameter 11 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Nickel-plated brass, wood, goatskin


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Membranophones