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Drum, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea, Late 19th Century

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NMM 1479. Drum, Trobriand Islands (also known as Kiriwina Islands), Papua New Guinea, late 19th century. Cylindrical wooden drum with original lizard-skin head attached with rattan. Handle extends entire length of drum, decorated with white lime inlay, a common characteristic of Trobriand art. Politically part of Papua New Guinea, the Trobriand Islands are a collection of coral atolls located off Papua New Guinea's eastern coast. Drums such as this one accompany songs and dances, keeping basic rhythmic patterns and signaling dancers. Length: 67 cm (ca. 26-1/4"). Board of Trustees, 1976.


Decoration On and Near Drum Handle

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Other Carvings on Drum

Decorative carving near lower end of drum
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Drum Head and Interior (View from Lower End)

Drum head Interior

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