This is quite an old specimen from the Papuan Gulf Elema culture.... See the 5th photo here. Good patination almost everywhere on its surface. The wonderful feature of this drum is the original/indigenous repairs done to the cracks with tree sap - which is a very hard, blackish and shiny "glue" like substance.
It's always lovely to see any original indigenous repairs/restorations on important artifacts. Stunning lime infill - traditional ancestral face motif and other abstract designs on the top "fish/crocodile open mouth" region of the drum. The original lizard skin drum head is in very good condition. Condition: the usual, expected chips, dents, scratches, some minor losses remember - this is a very old and AUTHENTIC drum!
Genuine drums, like this specimen, were sacred objects - they were very important to the people who had made them, they stored spiritual energy and were "alive" in their. Provenance: Lynda Cunningham collection - New York.
Measurements: Height 27.5 inches..... The item "Papua New Guinea Kundu Drum Crocodile / Fish Mouth. Circa early 20th cent" is in sale since Wednesday, April 28, 2021.This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "skeletonsandbunnies" and is located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped worldwide.