Object detail

Frame drum. Barrel-shaped wooden frame with membrane nailed over each end using large metal cone-headed tacks. The frame is painted a reddish-brown and the membranes are painted with dragon and phoenix motifs. Two metal loops are attached to the frame, one above the motif and one beneath. Each loop has a metal ring attached, one ring has a loop of string through it. The stick or sticks are missing.
CH classification MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Percussion drum
Production place
H100 x Dia.270mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Woods)
Skin (Animal/Human Remains)
Indeterminate (Metals - Ferrous)
Vegetable Fibre (Cordage)
Paint (Surface Treatments)
[Chinese characters]
History and use
This Chinese Xiaogu [xiao=small; gu=drum] was reportedly used as an instrument in the opera. The drum was bought in India before it was acquired by the donor.

The drum is part of the Charles & Kati Marson Musical Instrument Collection held at Queensland Museum. The collection holds over 830 traditional musical instruments from around the world, with particular emphasis on African, Asian and Pacific cultures.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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