Antique Tibetan damaru, double skull drum traditionally for tantric ceremonies and meditation. Made in the joining of a male and a female cranium inside of which is usually inscribed with the corresponding male or female mantra. In this case, the two sides are attached with ornate silver repouse bands of scrolling vines and Buddhist symbols. In the center, a handle is attached to a band of silver that is inlaid with turquoise and coral and fitted with two drum beaters on the end of chords. These drum beaters are covered in colorful knit fabric and meant to resemble two eyeballs.
Age: 18th/19th century
Dimensions: 5 1/2″ long x 5″ wide x 3 1/2″ wide