Rare Slit Gong Drum, Cook Islands
height 31 1/4in (79.4cm)
Colonel W.E. Gudeon, Resident Commissioner of the Cook Islands, 1898-1900
Private Collection, London
According to Hooper (2006: p 228), "The sound of gongs travels great distances, and they continue to be used in Tonga and Fiji for signaling, on formal ritual occasions and for summoning the congregation to church."
Finely stone-carved and hollowed out with linear slit sound opening along the top surface; finely incised decoration bands at both ends with each end terminating in a slightly recessed panel; fine dark-brown honey surface.