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This hourglass shaped Kundu hand drum is typically played during ritual ceremonies. Held in one hand while the other is used to strike the reptile-skin drum head, playing the drum is usually reserved for men. This drum is adorned with two reptilian creatures, possibly crocodiles, which face...

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red pencil inside: "GM"


By 1974, Island Carvings, Lae, Papua New Guinea; 1974, sold by Island Carvings to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Papua New Guinea, Huon Gulf, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Papua New Guinea


Overall: 75 x 18 x 21 cm (29 1/2 x 7 1/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, reptile skin, pigment, rope


Africa and Oceania


Musical instruments, Membranophones