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Toy mechanical drum. A kettledrum with a shallow pottery shell has a glued one white paper membrane decorated with a flower pattern in pink. The drum is mounted on a triangular section of a bamboo frame. An axle set into the rectangular section of the frame bears two pottery wheels. Two rectangular slips of bamboo are mounted on the axle between the two wheels. When the toy is pulled along by a thread the slips of wood rotate and engage with two "beaters", bamboo spills suspended above the drum-head by a length of twisted string, which strike it in rapid succession.


Musical Instruments

Broad category
Musical Instruments, Membranophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  kettledrum
object name:  "drum chariot"
common name:  drum (membranophone)
object name (AAT):  toy
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  kettledrum
object name:  toy 'drum-chariot'
object name:  toy drum
catalogue title:  211.11

India; Asia
Additional place information
Date made
before 1992
Additional date information
date made:  before 1992 

Materials & techniques
ceramic; bamboo; hide; FI; pigment
Additional material & technique information
material: ceramic (overall)
material: hide (overall)
material: bamboo (overall)
material: pigment (overall)
overall: 2.3622 x 7.2835 x 9.252 in.; 60 x 185 x 235 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 2.3622 x 7.2835 x 9.252 in.; 60 x 185 x 235 mm

Related subjects
association: Family and Home
object name: kettledrums
object name (Horniman Ethno.): toys

Record created 1999-06-24 by PAUL
Record last updated 2017-10-23 by XGVIEWS

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