Damaru drum, Tibet.

Tibetan Budhist monks and shamans use this type of drum to interrupt phrases of recitation when it is necessary to summon certain deities. A pelting sound is produced when the drum is rotated back and forth in the right hand as the attached cloth beads strike the drum.

This is an old and beautiful large damaru, in the shape of an hourglass, covered to both sides with animal membrane and attached with finely embroidered tassels.

Materials: Wood, skin, cloth, shell, metal and an amber stone. Condition: a tiny piece of skin is missing on the rim (see pictures), paint rubbed off, wear and use.

Measurements approximately: Total length 110 cm / 43 inch. Diameter drum: 21 cm / 8.27 inch.