Region: Nepal Accession: NMM 2352 Period: 20th Century
NMM 2352. Buffalo horn (ngeku), Nepal, 20th century. Water buffalo horn with applied cuffs and fittings of copper and silver. Coral and turquoise stones embellish the metalwork. Prominent sea dragon (makara) head with ears, nose, mouth, and horns. Decorative elements include the auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally played by members of the Nepali musician caste to entertain aristocratic Buddhists living in Nepal. Survives today in the music of street performers and in local festivals. Ethel Gunderson Fund, 1977.