This type of drum is usually known as a "talking drum" because it is used to imitate African languages, often tonal, where words have different meanings depending on the pitches at which they are spoken. The drum is held under the arm of the player, which presses the lacing while playing with a curved beater on one head, thus varying the tension of the heads and creating different pitches. Technically, it is an hourglass-shaped, double-headed wooden drum with skin membranes sewn with rawhide to leather-covered rings, and attached onto the body with twisted leather lacing. There is also a leather strap. The beater is made with a curved, wooden handle and a carved flat head. The head is covered with rawhide, and the handle is padded, and covered with a stitched piece of leather.
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
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- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:211.242.1 Individual double-skin hourglass-shaped drums
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- Decorative elements:Small stylized octopus shaped carvings on body.
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.242.1 Individual double-skin hourglass-shaped drums
- Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
- Measurements:Length: 435mm; Diameter: 170mm; Beater length: 250mm; Beater depth: 105mm