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Drum, Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea, Mid-20th century

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Drum Drum, alternate full-view 2 Drum, alternate full-view 3 Drum, alternate full-view 1

NMM 1493. Drum (kundu) by brother of Philip Kondayagl Ongugo, Kogun Mambuno, Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea, mid-20th century. Wooden hourglass drum with original lizard-skin head (including claws) attached with rubber hoop. No handle or carvings. The process of creating drums, by hollowing a log through carving and burning, is fairly universal throughout New Guinea. Heads are attached with a sticky substance, often a mixture of tree sap and pig’s blood, and secured with a hoop. Tuning is accomplished by heating the head, placing lumps of beeswax or sap on the head, or tightening the hoop. Length: 53 cm (20.8"). Ex coll.: Fred Crane. Board of Trustees, 1976.


Details of Drum Head

Head, View 1 Head, View 2 Head, View 3


Drum Head and Interior (View from Lower End)

Drum head Interior

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