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Damru
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Damru is known as a power drum and when played, tends to bring spiritual energy. It is also closely related with religious rituals. The faded fabrics and worn out wood show how much it has been used and for a long period of time.

History of the Object
A damru is a small two-headed drum shaped like an hourglass. It is traditionally made of wood or out of human skulls, and is mostly used in India, Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia. As a player waves the drum using a twisting wrist motion, the strikers at either side of the drum beat on the drumhead.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Wood, Leather 
Measurements
Width 13 cm. Height 8.8 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Tibet 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Musical Instrument 
Acquisition
Purchased in an antique shop in Amsterdam, Netherlands , 2008 
Copyright
MMIW 
Acknowledgements
Grove dictionary of musical instruments 
Owner
MMIW 
Museum
Museum of Musical Instruments of the World 
Credit line
MMIW 

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