Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Native Arctic peoples
  • drum, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Alaska, United States or Canada
  • rawhide, wood, metal, cloth
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9 x 55 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 1/2 x 21 5/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6185

The large round drum has a relatively shallow wooden frame. Rawhide is stretched over the top and wrapped fully over the wooden frame, then nailed in place. Two twisted wires crisscross on the backside, and there is a strip of cloth wrapped around the junction. It is light brown but otherwise undecorated.