Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • drum, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • rawhide, wood, paint, string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 29.5 x 20.5 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 5/8 x 8 1/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5550

The small shallow round hand drum has a short cylindrical handle at one side. The wooden frame and handle are dark brown. Rawhide is stretched over the frame and held in place with string.

The rawhide is decorated with three ovoid shapes with black outlines oriented vertically from the handle. The largest in the center has a yellow eye and a black circle for a nostril on the proper right and two rows of small teeth along the proper left side.

The ovoid on the proper left side of the center design divides the top from the bottom. The top has a red triangle and two blue or green triangles. The bottom has two yellow squares with a rounded edge and red below.

The proper right ovoid has a black and yellow eye at the top, a yellow chevron in the middle and a black circle at the bottom.