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date: 14 November 2019

Thonlocked

  • David Morton
  • , revised by Terry E. Miller

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Single-headed goblet drum of Thailand and Kampuchea. It might have been copied from a Near Eastern model. Two versions are found, the thon chatri and the thon mahori. The thon chatri is made of wood and is 35 cm long. Its head, of water-buffalo hide, 20 cm in diameter, is anchored over the larger end of the drum with thongs tied closely over the bulging head support and fastened at the neck of the drum. It is played by striking the head with one hand (usually the right) while the other supports the body; the supporting hand can close the opening at the base to damp the sound. The thon chatri is used in pairs (one player to each instrument) in the south to accompany the lakhon nora dance drama and nang talung shadow-puppet theatre.

The thon mahori has an intricately decorated pottery or ceramic body 38 cm long and a head of calf-, goat-, or snakeskin 22 cm in diameter. The head is fastened with split and polished rattan or strands of braided silk. The drum is played in the same way as the ...

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