Tabulay Drum

A tabulay or thabule drum. The tabulay is a bowl shaped, laced drum with one skin. It is beaten by two people hitting it in turn with ropes ending in leather pouches filled with stones. The tabulay is used to call people to meetings or prayers. This example was damaged during Sierra Leone's civil war.

Further Information

  • Type: Musical instruments
  • Object: Tabulay Drum
  • Materials: Wood, Leather, animal skin
  • Culture Group: Temne, Limba
  • Dimensions: Unknown
  • Production Date: Pre 1962
  • Associated Places: Bubuya, Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Kambia District (Place collected)
  • Associated People: Abu Bakarr Sesay, Freetown (Collector)
  • Museum: Sierra Leone National Museum
  • Accession Number: SLNM.1962.24.80

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