Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Tetsuge Owingeh (Tesuque) maker
  • drum, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • wood, rawhide, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 14.5 x 36 x 33.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 11/16 x 14 1/8 x 13 3/16 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6293

The round drum has light brown wooden sides and rawhide stretched over either end. A strip of rawhide zigzags between the heads, keeping them taut. One head is painted red with a green tree-like design and a brown head and hands with possibly a bear, visible at the top. There are green, red, dark blue, and purple curved marks along the edge.

The other head is decorated with four irregular shapes, a combination of a circle and a triangle with another circle inside. The points are together in the center. One shape is red, green and light purple. One is dark blue, dark purple and yellow. One is green, light purple and red. One is yellow, dark purple and dark blue.