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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Tibetan
Creator Name-CRT: Tibetan
Title: Thod-Rnga
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Membranophone/drum/double head
Materials and Techniques: Skull, cloth, wax
Dimensions: H. 7 1/4 in. (18.6 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 89.4.213
Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

This thod-rnga, or damaru is made from two human skulls. The drum is played by twisting it back and forth with one hand so that the small pellets at the ends of the strings strike the two drumheads. Drums made of human skulls or painted with skulls and severed heads are considered by Tibetan Buddhists to be powerful tools for protection against evil.

AMICA ID: MMA_.89.4.213
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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