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Dhyangro, Shamanic Drum
FA.2011.43.1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This item is a masterpiece because of its importance in the use of shamanic rituals by people of the Magar and Limbu tribes in the Eastern (or Central) region of Nepal. Also because of its artistic detail and overall condition. The dhyangro (double-headed frame drum) is usually beat rhythmically by the shaman with a long, curved cane beater. The drumming helps the shaman enter a trance state and may be used while chanting or singing. This drum shows evidence of use, yet it is in excellent condition. The handle includes intricate designs embued with magical symbols and motifs.

History of the Object
The item was used by a shaman for ritual purposes. It was bought by a dealer in Kathmandu and sold to a private Collector, a US citizen who was living and working in Nepal in the 1980s. It was purchased for the Museum in 2011.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Wood, hide, plastic twine, cotton rope (inside: coin, rudraksha bead, and a seed or a cowrie shell) 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Nepal 
Geography
Asia, South Asia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; c. 1920 
Function
The drum functions in shamanic ritual to induce a trance-state. 
Acquisition
Purchased from a private collector who lived and worked in Nepal for a number of years. The collector purchased the item in the early 1980s from a dealer in Kathmandu. 
Copyright
Museum of International Folk Art, IFAF Collection (FA.2011.43.1). 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
International Folk Art Foundation Collection 
Museum
Museum of International Folk Art 
Credit line
Museum of International Folk Art, IFAF Collection. 

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