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Frame drums are used throughout the world to augment voice and instrumental music in secular and sacred contexts. A mainstay of many West Asian classical ensembles, the daf’s varied timbres and tones coupled with complex rhythms may help to induce a meditative state or ecstatic trance.

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c. 1915
Goatskin, vine stock
52.7 x 5.0cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2020

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