Iran, 19th century.

A goblet drum, the Zarb or Dombak (Zirbaghali in Afghanistan) is cut from a block of walnut or mulberry. It has been known since the beginning of the 19th century.

The model presented, with painted decoration typical of the Qâdjâr period (1779-1925), shows four animated scenes, three of them representing musicians, men and women, playing the instruments of Iranian classical music. It should be noted that the women here are not veiled.

Height: 45.5cm Diameter: 22cm.


  1. During : « La musique iranienne : tradition et évolution », Paris 1984.