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drum and two drumsticks
  • unknown Kotyit (Cochiti) maker
  • drum and two drumsticks, late 1800s–1972
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • wood, rawhide, paint, cotton
  • Object Height/Diameter: a 26 x 24 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: a 10 1/4 x 9 7/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 27 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 10 5/8 x 1 in
    Object Length/Diameter: c 26 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: c 10 1/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6048.a,b,c

The cylindrical drum (2007.6048.a) has rawhide stretched over each end. The rawhide strip zigzags between the heads, pulling them taut. The triangles in one direction are painted blue. The triangles in the other direction are left unpainted. The yellow in the scallops is created by the stretched rawhide and the thin brown line to separate the yellow from the blue or natural color.

The two drumsticks (2007.6048.b,c) are made from sticks with small branches removed but bark left intact. Each has a padded end and rawhide filled with cotton fiber. 2007.6048.b has the rawhide intact. 2007.6048.c shows the cotton filling.