New Guinea Ramu River Red Kundu Drum Ex - Heddon Collection
Papua New Guinea, Ramu River Region 28" tall Kundu Drum with carvings that cover most of the piece's surface. An ancestral face is hidden amongst the carved decoration on the side opposite the handle. The red trade paint appears to be a later addition to the drum which has enough signs of wear and age to suggest that, at one point, the surface was covered with more traditional pigment. The reptile skin tympanum is gone, with only the wound cloth tightening ring and the white chalky residue of the skin's adhesive remaining. Two of the lower perforated flanges have split rings at their tops. This piece is from the Los Angeles Heddon Estate of fishing lure fame - the family had a collection of New Guinea artifacts including a pair of Canoes and several drums.