Antique Thai Buddhist Temple Goblet Drum

Antique Buddhist Temple Goblet Drum from Thailand, circa Late 1800s

Antique Thai Buddhist Temple Goblet Drum
Drums are thousands of years old and were used in Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptian. Goblet shaped drums go all the way back to Babylonia from 1100 BCE. In doing as much research as we are able, this particular glaw’ng ae’ (Goblet Drum), is probably from northern Siam (Thailand), circa 1850-1880 is our best hypothesis. The cart seems to be of similar age and was probably constructed around the same time as the drum. The goblet drum itself is hollowed-out of one piece of wood and is almost 11 feet long, without the cart, the drum weighs more than 1,000 pounds. These gigantic goblet drums were used principally in Buddhist temples, from the northern provinces of Thailand. History suggest that they were used as a signal to start the day and to regulate temple activities. In addition, they were played during festivals and to accompany folk dances. Traditional goblet drums are highly regarded and never stepped over or made contact with your feet. In our research and it should be pointed out, that we are not experts in SE Asian Arts, but the only other goblet drum of this scale and stature in the states, that we could locate, is in The National Music Museum and is one of the most renowned institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum is located at 414 E. Clark St. Vermillion, South Dakota. Measures: Drum length (without the cart) is 130.5". Diameter of drum head is 27.5" and overall diameter of head (includes leather detailing) is 29". Drum base diameter is 34".
  • Country of Origin: Thailand
  • Era: Antique
  • Age: circa 1850-1880
  • Measurements:
  • Height: 77 inches
  • Depth: 84 inches
  • Length/Width: 168 inches

Item Number: C-PLD

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