Slit Gong Drum, "Garramut".
North Coast, between Ramu and Manam Island
Papua New Guinea

Clan drum commonly used for communication
and for background music during clan
ceremonial activities
Masks representing important ancestors
of the clan are carved as lugs
The central design incorporates the spider motif
representing balance and harmony

Collected in Murik Lakes by Rudy Ceaser circa 1960

CF: For a comparable example see
New Guiena Art
Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection
of Marcia and John Friede
Fig 77, page 104

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