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Military snare drum

Military snare drum with copper shell exhibiting verdigris patina, with wooden counterhoops, 15-inch skin heads, and a combination of rope and rod tension (4 rods). Steel hook carry attached to batter counterhoop, and steel leg rest attached to snare counterhoop. Two gut snares. The inscription on the head of this drum suggests that it was captured by the Dervish forces from Hicks Pasha’s Egyptian force in 1883, and recovered during the Dongola Expedition of 1896.

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  • Inscriptions:Oval cartouche to the right of snare hook plate with illegible inscription, of which one could read only MICHEL (Rue Michel-le-Comte à Paris?)|Handwritten on skin head: This drum was taken by the Dervishes when Hicks Pasha's entire Army was massacred at Shekan Nov. 5 1883 and recovered from WAD BISHARA'S "DEM" at Dongola. Sep. 23 1896
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.11 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, one skin used for playing
  • Repository:National Army Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 220mm; Diameter: 400mm