Name: Tambor Zapoteco.
Type: Double headed > Membranophone > Percussion.
Region: Oaxaca > Mexico.
Specimen: 80 years of age.
Acquisition Date: Circa 2010.
Acquisition Source: Curio Store > Oaxaca City > Mexico.
The Zapotec tambor (in Spanish) it is a double
sided tension drum. My specimen is made divided pieces of cut log that
are shaped into desired pieces. Each piece of this drum supported by two
hand forged iron rings. These type of tambor are assembled using many
different methods. The oldest of the methods is the tambor would be hand
carved from a log and hide stretched over the top. These drums would be
carved with a face, a theme or something corresponding to Zapotec
mythology or religion [refer to the photo below].
About my specimen:
The tambor sold in the tourist markets are
usually of much lower quality and are constructed with flimsy materials.
I found my specimen in a local curio shop.