Terminal End from a Slit Drum, Garamut

Ramu River Region, Papua New Guinea. Early 20th Century
Provenance: Private Old Belgian Collection

Ornate slit drums are some of the most beautifully carved instruments from the Pacific Region. Used in a communicative nature, these drums exhibit elaborately carved lugs at each end of the instrument. This terminal end is carved into the shape of a masked figure with an animal crouching on its back. Decorated with extensive spiral and oval relief carvings, the figure’s elongated nose is a common feature found in Sepik art. A reptilian animal totem is perched on top of the head.

Height: 14 inches
IN 08-07-15 / SOLD