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Hey Folks,

Please take a look at this drum and tell me anything you may know about it.

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It is said to be of Indian origin, stands 11' high and is so heavy a forklift was needed to load it onto the cart.

Thanks for any info you can share.


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If you look at the knots, and the skin it is clear that this is measurable in inches and not feet.  The idea of a forklift to move it is clearly out.   The overall form form sends mixed messages.  Drums of the dumbek form are not that common, but certainly found in South Asia.  The most South Asian aspect of this is application found on the inner surface of the skin.  This is a very common part of the material culture of south India.  But it is not limited to South Asia, because I have seen it in drums from Indonesia.

The bottom line is that it may be from south Asia but it is certainly not unusually large.
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Hey David,

Thanks for the feedback.  Indonesia also crossed my mind, but more so for the general construction than for the paste applied to the skin.

It's not clear to me how the knots and the skin convinced you of the size.  Will you please elaborate?

By the way, the image is of pretty good quality, though you may have to save it and view it elsewhere to really zoom in and get a close look.

Below is an image of the base.  The thickness makes sense for a large drum that would require a strong foundation, though it does not necessarily rule out a smaller drum.

drumBase.jpg


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Blow up the picture and look at it.  It is hard to tell for sure but I would be surprised if the diametre was more than 25 inches.  It is certainly not 11 feet tall.
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Upon closer examination I would estimate the diametre to be about 36 inches.  There is one item that gives a clear example of the scale.  That is the steel rebar in the last picture. blow it up and look at the rebar and draw your own conclusion.
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I am willing to retract my last statement if we say that it is 11 feet in length.  I could accept that.
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OK, so the drum is probably quite large, but I pretty much presumed that already.

Let me clarify something I misunderstood and caused me to mislead you earlier.  I was told the drum was imported from India not that it originated there.  It has now been suggested that it's actual origin may be Thailand.

Turns out very similar drums are indeed quite common in Thailand, though usually on a much smaller scale:

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/asian-art-furniture/more-asian-art-furniture/tall-primitive-antique-hill-tribe-drum-from-thailand/id-f_9155461/

The klong yao:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klong_yao



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OK interesting.
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From a drum competition in Thailand.  drum.jpg  drum 2.jpg 


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Thanks for sharing the pictures.  It's been suggested to me that these drums are used in Buddhist temples, and one of your pictures somewhat confirms that.
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