Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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lawiyana (drum)
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • lawiyana (drum), early 1900s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • wood, plant fiber, animal skin, pigment, gum resin, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 66.5 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 26 1/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2885
Label Text

The body of the tall, narrow drum is narrow, but flares slightly at either end, the wider end covered with animal skin, the other left open. The head has a ring around it, which has been wrapped with plant fiber. Most of the body of the drum is undecorated. The body near the open end is decorated with vertical red stripes that alternate with black stripes and white dots. There is a ridge at the top of the decorated segment.

There are five drops of resin on the head and another large drop on the ridge at the painted end.