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Drum

Elema culture, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea
19th century

Provenance: American collection. Published: Red Eye of the Sun: The Art of the Papuan Gulf, pgs.156-157.

Made from hard wood, this old drum is a very fine example. Faces appear on both the front and back of the drum. According to Robert Welsch, “Drums were emblazoned with clan emblems and imagery that represent particular spirits who look after human endeavors.”

Drum

Elema culture, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea
19th century

Provenance: American collection. Published: Red Eye of the Sun: The Art of the Papuan Gulf, pgs.156-157.

Made from hard wood, this old drum is a very fine example. Faces appear on both the front and back of the drum. According to Robert Welsch, “Drums were emblazoned with clan emblems and imagery that represent particular spirits who look after human endeavors.”