Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Drums in Art Main Page

Music Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Teachers Holding Drums
- Deities Holding Drums
- Drum Page
- Confusions
- Others...

- Teachers That Hold A Drum
- Female Teachers Holding Drums

Types of Drums:
- Double-sided hand drum, oval shape (damaru)
- Double-sided hand drum, round shape and large (damaru)
- Double-sided drum, wood support staff handle with a single curved stick
- Double-sided drum mounted in a wooden frame
- Others...

There are a number of Indian mahasiddhas and Tibetan teachers that hold a double sided hand drum. Both the double sided drum and the large drum can be found as attributes in the hands of various deities.

The Stockholm set of paintings depicting the life-story of Milarepa has many narrative scenes containing the large Tibetan drum. (HAR #60061, 60062, 60064, 60065, 60066, 60067, 60072, 60073, 60079).

Paintings from the set known as the Khon Family Lineage are filled with small narrative vignettes of Tibetan religious dance and drumming.

The Tibetan Buddhist worldly protector deity Dorje Yudronma typically holds a large drum and striker.

Shri Heruka, from the group of the Eight Pronouncement Heruka of the early Nyingma Tradition, holds a large drum with a long wooden handle in the upper proper right hand (viewer's left side).

Jeff Watt 12-2005 [updated 3-2015, 5-2017]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).