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Drum, Wossera Region, Sepi, Papua New Guinea, Late 19th Century

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Drum Drum, alternate full-view 1 Drum, alternate full-view 2 Drum, alternate full-view 3 Drum, alternate full-view 4

NMM 2330. Drum (kundu), Wossera region Sepi, Papua New Guinea, late 19th century. Wooden hourglass drum with snake-skin head attached from the underside with adhesive. Handle at waist. Four carved faces. Curvilinear and diamond-shaped decorative patterns. Kundu drums accompany dances and can be played either by the dancers themselves or other musicians. The drum is held by the handle and struck with the other hand. Length: 68 cm (26-3/4"). Board of Trustees, 1977.


Details of Upper End of Drum

Upper End, View 1 Upper End, View 2 Upper End, View 3 Upper End, View 4


Close-up Views of String Through Carved Nose

Close-up of face String through nose


Carvings on Lower End of Drum

Decorative carving near lower end of drum Decorative carving near lower end of drum Decorative carving near lower end of drum Decorative carving near lower end of drum

Close-up pf carving near lower end of drum

Close-up of Carving at Lower End


Drum Head (Replacement) and Interior (View from Lower End)

Drum head Interior

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