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Twelve Drummers Drumming

Tabor Drum

Tabor Drum

This drum, made of a thin sheet of oak, was found in storage in the hold of the Mary Rose.


Although the drumhead has not survived (the top surface in this picture is part of the leather case it was recovered in), they were probably made of untanned vellum, which does not survive long in salt water.


The purpose of the drum is unknown; it may have been used to beat a rhythm for the crew to work by, hoisting rigging or hauling cables, or it may simply have been for the entertainment of the crew of an evening.


The Tabor drum was used in conjunction with a tabor pipe, which we’ll be looking at tomorrow.

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