Lot: 67

90.I Tribal Art and 90.II Contemporary Native American Art

Large drum, around 1880

Papua New Guinea - Lake Sentani

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Edith Hafter, Solothurn, Switzerland H: 33.9 inch 4000 EUR / 15000 EUR

wood, hide, massive rattan ring, wrapped with bark cloth, These superb large drums belonged to "ondoforo", hereditary chiefs who were both the political and religious leaders of society. The drums received individual names. The sound of the drum beat was the voice of the ancestor spirit with whom the drum was connected. When not in use the drums were kept in the chiefly house.

Meyer, Anthony J.P., Ozeanische Kunst, Vol. I, Köln 1995, p. 71