This is a slit drum, or garamut, from the Trobriand region of Papua New Guinea. The garamut is considered to be a sacred instrument, representing the voice of the spirits. It is usually stored in the male lodgings and, in some communities, there are strict taboos against women seeing or playing it! It measures approximately 16" Long x 4.5" Tall x 3.75 Deep.
There is a note/tag on the bottom of the item. It was a gift to someone.
It says "This native drum I brought in Papua New Guinea for you 1991". It can be removed by the new owner. It is in excellent, vintage condition. May show signs of wear. There are two chips on the piece (see photos).There are a few others that appear to be intentionally done to the piece but they may be blemishes as well (see photos). Please review all photos by using the zoom feature to judge the condition of this item. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "stockdiva" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Wallis and Futuna, Poland, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Iceland, Belgium, Israel, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Kiribati, United Kingdom, Hungary, Western Samoa, France, Denmark, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Dominican Republic, Tonga, Vanuatu, Canada, Japan, Finland, Germany.