Sepik Drum - Papua New Guinea
This very finely carved drum from the region of Lower Sepik is called Kundu in vernacular language. Carved in the shape of a hourglass, it is topped by a lizard skin. The body of the drum is adorned with subtle incisions showing an abstract pattern. The padded handle presents two inverted head of the mythological spirit with a short bird beak. It symbolizes the founding ancestor of the clan.
This drums were used to accompany clan songs which were sung during different ceremonies. They would thus come out during rites of passage or inauguration of houses, but also in secular contexts.
This small drum shows a beautiful patina that enhances its extreme refinement and testifies of its ritual use.