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Drum, Samoa, 19th Century

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NMM 1535.  Drum, Samoa, 19th century Side view #1 Side view #2 Back of drum

NMM 1535. Drum, Samoa, 19th century. Wooden hourglass-shaped drum with handle. Original snake-skin head attached with hoop wrapped in cloth. Carved triangular patterns at the foot. Concentric square pattern at the waist. This style of drum, nearly identical to NMM 1536, was probably introduced to Samoa from New Guinea. Length: 103 cm (40-1/2"). Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


Details of Ornamentation at Handle and Foot of Drum

Handle Ornamentation, view 1 Ornamentation, view 2


Drum Head and Interior (View from Lower End)

Drum head Interior


Lit.:  André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 27.

Sarah E. Smith, "Percussion Instruments in America's Shrine to Music Museum," Percussive Notes, Vol. 37, No. 1 (February 1999), p. 8.

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