[BCMA] Help identifying Chinese Drum.
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I have consulted MOA Curator Emerita Dr. Elizabeth Johnson regarding this drum as she is an expert in this area. Here is her response:
It's a Cantonese opera drum, an early one like those in our collection-- probably from the 1920s, maybe earlier. There are a number of them in MOA's collection: 1704/6, N1.828, N1.829, N1.830, 2668/5, Edz1662. I think there's at least one more like Edz1662, but it didn't come up in my search. In fact, I had more trouble with my search than usual-- maybe the system has changed, or maybe I'm just out of practice or..... I can't remember what they are called in Cantonese- possibly loh (pronounced law). I do remember Wong Toa saying that these were very challenging to play. as they had to be hit just so. They were later replaced by the woodblocks that are used today.
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We have three of these in our collection (N1,828,829 and 830)
They are identified as drums used in Cantonese Opera. They came from the Jin Wah Sing Museum Association here in Vancouver and date to 1900-1940. They came to the museum in 1973.
Our curator Fuyubi Nakamura (fuyubi.nakamura at ubc.ca<mailto:fuyubi.nakamura at ubc.ca>) probably has more information. She is away until January 16th.
Hope this helps
Carol E. Mayer PhD., FCMA
Curator – Pacific + Ceramics
UBC Museum of Anthropology
6393 NWMarine Drive
Vancouver BC., v6T 1Z2
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I am trying to properly identify this Chinese Drum we have in our collection. Would anyone be able to tell me what the proper name of this drum is?
Thanks in advance.
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