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Skull drum (thod-rnga)

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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....

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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


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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.)

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Medium or Technique

Bone, skin, brass, stones, silk


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Membranophones