Date: late 19th century

Geography: North, India

Culture: Indian

Medium: Wood, skin, brass, cord

Dimensions: H. 38.1 cm (15 in.); Diam. (22.9 cm (9 in.)

Classification: Membranophone-double-headed / cylindrical drum

Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

Accession Number: 89.4.165


The dholaka (or dholak) is a barrel-shaped drum with two heads. It is played with the hand and a stick. This nineteenth-century example is rope-tensioned with brass rings that allow the player to adjust the tension on the heads.