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dance drum
  • Plains peoples
  • dance drum, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • wood, rawhide
  • Object Height/Diameter: 31 x 88 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 12 3/16 x 34 5/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4190

The very large wooden drum has slightly curved sides. Both the top and bottom are covered with stretched rawhide. The two pieces of rawhide are connected to each other with two thin strips of overlapping zigzag rawhide pieces. At one part of the side there is a thin handle made from twisted pieces of rawhide.