The Asmat Drum is loaded with symbolism. The creator of this drum made several woodcarvings and animated them by beating a drum. Drums are still beaten to act out this story at the inaugaration of a jeu, and at other ceremonial occasions. The grips are usually decorated. Drums are often kept for a very long time.
When not in use, they are stored on a rack above the fireplaces where they stay dry, and where. Smoke keeps away the insects. Years of exposure to this soot gives old drums a rich, black color. The process of making a drum is difficult and delicate work.
A short log for a drum is hollower out using water and a stick of hard wood. The outside is shaped with a long chisel into an hour-glass form, retaining a large ridge for the grip. When carving is finished, a piece of lizard skin is stretched over one of the openings, cemented in place with a mixture of shell lime and. Blood, and strengthened with a cane ring. Height: 96 cm/37,8 inches.
Width : 36 cm/ 14,2 inches. Material: local wood, lizard skin, cane ring. Any artifact from Papua New Guinea, whether it be a bone dagger, drum or an intricately carved spirit figure, still fairly accurately symbolizes. A living part of the cultural background from which it originates. This unique artefact is only a small part of our Papua New Guinea collection of primitiv masks, storyboards, shields, drums and.Statues acquired by collector in Papua New Guinea in the period 1960s. The item "Asmat Tribal Wooden Drum, Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea Art" is in sale since Friday, December 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Pacific Islands". The seller is "ashantegirl" and is located in Bratislava. This item can be shipped worldwide.