A New Hebrides slit gong drum
Lot 1405W
A New Hebrides slit gong drum
Sold for US$ 6,462 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property from Palm Springs Art Museum, sold to benefit the Acquisitions Fund
A Vanuatu slit gong drum
Consisting of a heavy partially hollowed-out log tapering somewhat towards the top and with a recessed post base, with central slit surmounted by a series of three stylized faces of graduated size, each with projecting circular flat eyes and prominent nose within a curving facial plain outlined in rows of raised notches, the bottom figure with arms in shallow relief, the reverse with a single face of distinct form, carved with a heart-shaped plain creating arching brows and broad triangular nose, the stylized body in shallow relief depicted by a series of complementary rectilinear forms.
length 16ft 10in
See illustration

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    ex-Harry Franklin, Los Angeles
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