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In Cambodia, goblet drums are single headed with a laced membrane head. Today they are made of wood but formerly they ware in pottery too. On the sculptures they never appear in totality because the foot of the instrument is always concealed between the thighs of the musician.
One of the most beautiful representations once belonged to a high-relief lintel of the Wat Baset (Battambang), today at the Musée Guimet. It is a Reamker scene. One sees perfectly the flared head of the drum along which run the ties of tension of the skin, the lower and upper rings around which turn the ties as well as the carrying device around the waist.
A scene from the Reamker (1) of the north-west corner pavilion of Angkor Wat also shows two monkeys playing this drum.
In Angkor Wat, in the scenes of the Battle of Lanka (2), some of these drums appear in a war situation, with the same carrying device.
In the north gallery of Angkor Wat (16th century), these drums are presented in a martial context. (3)