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192 damaru

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India, China, Nepal = Tibet
body: human skull; L. 5.7cm
membranes: yak hide, Dm. 9.1cm and 9.4cm resp.

The middle of the instrument is held and twirled back and forth. A ball attached by a string strikes the drum head, causing it to sound. In Buddhist services, another instrument, the dril-bu (086), is played simultaneously in the other hand. Buddhist dance music exists in which the dancer holds a small damaru in one hand while dancing.

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