Object Place: Papua New Guinea
Overall: 75 x 18 x 21 cm (29 1/2 x 7 1/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wood, reptile skin, pigment, rope
Not On View
This hourglass shaped Kundu hand drum is typically played during ritual ceremonies. Held in one hand while the other is used to strike the reptile-skin drum head, playing the drum is usually reserved for men. This drum is adorned with two reptilian creatures, possibly crocodiles, which face back-to-back on the opposite side of the drum handle.
red pencil inside: "GM"
1974, sold by Island Carvings, Lae, Papua New Guinea, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart