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Ceremony Drum, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, 19th century

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Ceremony drum, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, 19th century Back of drum

NMM 868.  Ceremony drum, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, 19th century. Split-wood, bent frame drum with two striking heads, red cloth wrapping, some black striations. Centrally located red circle with yellow border and four rays, symbolic of the four directions. Four attached feathers with plastic bead embellishments. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


Pencil Sketches on Back of Drum

Sketching in center of back of drum Pencil sketch of bird on back of drum


Red Cloth Wrapping Around Circumference of Drum

Cloth around side of drum

Side A

Detail of side seam

Detail of stitching on side A

Detail of seam at handle

Detail of handle

Detail of side seam

Detail of side B

Red cloth wrapped around side of drum

Side B

Split-wood, bent wooden drum frame forms an irregular circle. Such drum frames (here visible only through small holes in red cloth covering) are often held together with metal tacks. Animal skin drum heads are stretched over frame and tensioned with rawhide lacing (later reinforced with twine, on this particular example). Handle, made from a strip of twisted rawhide tied to drum-head lacing, passes through slit in cloth. Four feathers, adorned with colored glass beads, are attached to cloth covering.

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