X65.1708a-b Drum and drumstick

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Drum and drumstick
Omdurman, Sudan
Copper, hide
38.1 cm (15 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Wellcome Trust. X65.1708a,b


Although its origins are undocumented, this “kettle” drum shares many traits consistent with the metalwork of Omdurman. The Arabic inscription on the drum states that the drum was the “property of Shahin Muhammad 1282 [1865 c.e.].”

Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 320