Drum

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2646
Item name
Drum 
Category
Sound
 
Indigenous name
Kam 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Morobe Province > Huon Gulf District > Huon Gulf/Tami Island
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1953 
Acquisition method
by Mrs N. Griffith-Oxley 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Drum 2646 is an hourglass shaped drum made from a hollowed piece of wood with a piece of Varanus [lizard] spp skin glued on to form the single tympanum, or 'head' of the drum. The opposing end is left open and rounded. A handle bridges the waist of the drum and is fully attached, indicating that the drum was carved from a solid piece of wood. The handle runs the full length of the waist. On the opposite side to the handle is an ornamental carving, which is sometimes mistaken for a second handle. Carvings are found along the middle third of the drum but are centralised around the waist of the drum. The carvings on the waist of the drum consist of line patterns, while the carvings on the skirt and body of the drum consist of linear representations of animal jaws, symbolic of drums from other areas where these are carved down so as the drums’ open end in no longer round. The drum is 732mm long and 155mm wide on either end and narrows down to 85mm all along the skirt. The thick ness of the wood ranges upwards from 8mm to 26mm. The handle is 223mm long, 22mm wide and is 49mm high, standing 28mm off the drum’s waist. The ornamentation opposing the handle is 160mm long, 9mm wide and 33mm high [K Heino 1999].

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