Sepik River Drum
Lot 262W
Large Middle Sepik River Drum, Papua New Guinea
Sold for US$ 9,375 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Large Middle Sepik River Drum, Papua New Guinea
height 44in (111.5cm)

Collected by B.K. Woodman, 1933
Roberta M. Nochimson, New York
Robert and Jean Shoenberg, St. Louis
Christie's, New York, November 2008
Private Collection, New York

Cf. Sibeth (Ed), 2009: fig. 241

"Music plays an influential role in the Middle Sepik River region, especially during rituals of ancestor worship, because the sounds instruments make are often associated with ancestors' voices...
...Such artistically crafted drums are justifiably counted among the most beautiful art objects to come from the Sepik River region in New Guinea." (Sibeth (Ed), 2009: p 24)

Of typical hourglass form but decorated with two animals important to local mythology, the crocodile and sea eagle, in very high relief as handles; glossy brown patina.
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