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Rnga (Lag-Rnga) MET DP337458.jpg
Rnga or  Lag-Rnga
(exhibited at the MET[1])
Percussion instrument
Other namesNa
Classification Frame drum
Hornbostel–Sachs classification211.32
(Directly struck membranophone)

A lag-na, or na, is an ancient Tibetan frame drum.[2] The drumhead has a minimum diameter of about one metre.[3] Like the dhyāngro (the principal drum of the jhakri shamans of Nepal), the lag-na has a carved, wooden handle.[4] One plays the na by striking its drumhead with a heavy percussion mallet.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Damaru, a small, two-headed drum of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist tradition


  1. ^ Rnga [or] Lag-Rnga (18th century, Tibet), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: 1997.365a, b, ObjectID: 504559, Dimensions: Height: 55 1/8 in. (140 cm); Depth: 8 11/16 in. (22 cm); Diameter: 24 7/16 in. (62 cm)", "Classification: Membranophone-double-headed / frame drum
  2. ^ Robertson, Alec; Stevens, Denis (1960). The Pelican History of Music: Ancient Forms to Polyphony. Harmondworth: Penguin Books. p. 70. OCLC 220315541.
  3. ^ a b Blades, James (1992). Percussion Instruments and Their History (4th ed.). Westport: Bold Strummer. p. 149. ISBN 9780933224612. OCLC 28230162.
  4. ^ Arnold, Christopher. "Tibetan/Nepalese Shamanic Drums". Virtual Drum Museum. Christopher Arnold. Retrieved 6 January 2014.