Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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drum and drumstick
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • drum and drumstick, late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: United States
  • metal, wood, rawhide, paint, buckskin?
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a 18 x 43 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a 7 1/16 x 16 7/8 x 13 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 26 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 10 1/4 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6297.a,b

The round drum (2007.6297.a) has a drumstick (2007.6297.b). The drum has a metal interior frame covered with brown bark. Rawhide is stretched over either end, and is secured with two bands of zigzagging rawhide laces. There is a twisted rawhide handle through the side.

One head is painted with a white feather headress with black tipped feathers, a blue and red headband, and red and blue ribbons at the ears. There is a lance with a triangular head and blue ribbons and three black and white feathers. The other side is decorated with a pipe with a red bowl and a yellow stem with black detail and four white and black feathers.

The drumstick has a light brown buckskin head and a straight handle.