A Tibetan damaru is a small two-headed hourglass-shaped drum used in Tibetan Buddhism. It is often made from wood and leather and has two small beads at the ends of strings that strike the two drumheads of the damaru. The drum is held in the right hand and played by rotating it back and forth in order to make the strikers swing around the drum and hit the drumheads. The damaru, along with the bell, is often recognized as one of the most ‘ritualistic' and symbolic instruments used in Tibetan Buddhist ritual music.
The damaru has been described as “a microcosmic embodiment of the basic structure of the universe and of sentient life”. The instrument is often understood as a reminder of impermanence and emptiness. In Chod practice, it can be said to cut doubts and expectations from the self. It is understood by practitioners to not only symbolize, but also produce the sound of emptiness — sound is produced, but it is impermanent and therefore lacks self-existence.
This Damaru is a true work of art, it is hand craft in Nepal by skilled artisans. Measuring 11cm in height, 10cm in width, and 6cm in thickness, the Damaru is the perfect size for comfortable playing. With its decorative brocade tail, it has a total length of approximately 70cm.
Crafted from high-quality wood and leather, this drum is built to last and produces a rich and distinct sound. And because it's handcrafted, each Damaru is truly one-of-a-kind. No two drums are exactly alike, meaning that when you order one from our website, you'll receive a completely unique instrument that's been lovingly crafted by hand.
- Hand-crafted in Nepal by skilled artisans
- Made from high-quality wood and leather
- Measurements: ca. 11cm height, 10cm width, 6cm thickness, and 70cm total length including brocade tail
- Damaru weight: ca. 70g