Slit Gong Drum, Garamut
EAST SEPIK, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Carved hardwood, traces of pigment
A honey brown wooden drum of the horizontal slit gong type decorated with relief carvings on both sides with figural handle. The main drum panels are decorated by a pattern of wing-like scrolls radiating outwards. Zig-zag and circular motifs border the panels on both sides. The handle is carved as a full male figure with another form attached to his back.
Lovely aged patina, cracks visible to one side and slight loss to figural handle.
34 X 13cm ; 13.4 X 5.1in
PROVENANCE: Acquired by the Columbus Museum of Art in 1961.inventory number (61.64.20).
Cf. Heinz Kelm, Kunst Vom Sepik, vol. 3, Berlin: Museum Fur Volkerkunde, 1968, figs.374-382 (illus).