Maranao Drum (Tabu)

The Maranao tabu or drum is made of a carved wood with floral motif all over the body and lies on a carved wooden stand. It has a three-layered base with a carved pako (fern motif) and kianako (fingernail like) motif. The drum is used inside the mosque for calling the faithful for prayer, and symbolizes the gathering of the Muslims to observe their religious obligation.

The drum is 2.90 meters in height and has a diameter of 0.50 meters. It is a rare drum and a significant collection to the Anthropology Division because of its extra-ordinary in size that is seldom seen in Muslim mosque today. The tabu is rarely manufactured today, as there are few carvers among the Maranao. They are more on brass making technology today.


This page was last modified Monday, February 10, 2014
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