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lugarra (drum)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • lugarra (drum), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kielak, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, cow hide, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 43 x 34 cm handle not included
    Object Height/Diameter: 16 7/8 x 13 3/8 in handle not included
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3148

The cylindrical drum has a slightly scooped bottom. The wooden drum is left a natural color, but has been darkly discolored. Cowhide is stretched across both ends of the drum. They are circles of hide with holes in the sides. There are strips stretched and looped through the edge of the larger drum head and stretched to the smaller drum head, keeping them taut. One short loop handle was made of strips of twisted hide. The fur has been worn off of both ends, but is still visible on the sides.

It would be used for singing during weddings. Only one or two members from a kin group would own one. In the past it would be more common and used for signaling between camps and there were certain rythms that indicated messages.