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Osee (drum)

Osee (drum)

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    before 1880 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    The body of the drum is of hollowed wood - the top is covered with hide and bound lengthwise with strips of skin - this is attached to a turned and thitsi lacquered wood pedestal.

  • Museum number:

    02140(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wide headed beaker shaped drum on a waisted red pedestal

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

before 1880 (made)

Materials and Techniques

The body of the drum is of hollowed wood - the top is covered with hide and bound lengthwise with strips of skin - this is attached to a turned and thitsi lacquered wood pedestal.

Dimensions

Height: 91.5 cm approx, Diameter: 25.2 cm, Height: 81 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: An instrument used in Burmese pwe (musical and theatrical entertainment). It is held under the arm and beaten with the hand. For an illustration see the Burmese watercolour V&A IS 36F - 1974.

Descriptive line

Burmese osee (drum). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885)). Hollowed wood and hide on a turned red lacquered pedestal. ca. before 1880

Materials

Wood; Hide; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment; Ash

Techniques

Woodworking; Leatherworking; Lacquering

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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