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The rnga is a drum used in the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet. It is used to accompany all rituals, together with cymbals. Its rhythms and performance techniques are documented in musical notation.

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Rnga, double membrane frame drum. The wooden shell is slightly convex and has raised decoration covering the exterior comprising dragons and clouds. The membranes are glued to the shell and are painted green. A wooden handle is slotted into a hole on one side of the shell. A hemispherical section of the handle below the shell is decorated with carved and painted lotus leaves, and the proximal end tapers gradually to a point, reminiscent of the ritual dagger phurpa.


frame drum
US 442
Musical Instruments

Broad category
Musical Instruments, Membranophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  frame drum
object name:  "Rnga" drum
object name:  drum (membranophone)
common name:  rnga
object name (AAT):  drum
object name (local):  frame drum
catalogue title:  211.322

Tibet; Asia
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Date made
Additional date information

Materials & techniques
wood; hide; paint; gesso; iron/steel
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)
material: hide (overall)
material: gesso (overall)
material: paint (overall)
overall: 969 x 370 x 175 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 969 x 370 x 175 mm

Related subjects
object name: frame drums
object name: drums
object name: rngas

Record created 1999-12-26 by EMOWEN
Record last updated 2017-10-23 by XGVIEWS

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