Siassi Island / Huon Gulf drum / Trommel - Papua New Guinea / Papua Neuguinea
The art styles of the Huon Gulf has strong links to those of the Astrolabe Bay area.
"The motifs most commonly used in all types of carvings from the Huon Gulf include a wavy, snake-like zig-zag, a sharp-toothed design,and concentric parallel lines.
White is practically always rubbed into the surface patterns."
Excerpt from the book:
Linton, Ralph - Arts of the South Seas
The Museum of Modern Art: Distributed by Simon & Schuster 1946
"It is a common feature of the drums made in the Huon Gulf area that they are all narrower in the middle and broader toward the ends, that is, they are shaped like hour-glasses.
The opening covered by the skin is surrounded by an indented rim, whereas the uncovered opening on the other side has an embossed ring around it.
The handle is similar everywhere: a simple open arc, shorter or longer, carved in a flat or cylindrical shape. The drums are ornamented by carving and engraving.
The carved parts are on the side opposite the handle, whereas the engraved designs cover the “waist” of the drum in a width corresponding to the length of the handle;
other motifs branch out from them toward the top and bottom opening of the drum.(...) Biró tells us that according to the craftsmen the designs on the "waist" of the drum mean bracelets and motifs peculiar to bracelets."
excerpt from: Bodrogi, Tibor (1961), Art in North-East New Guinea.p.80-81. Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Science.
Bibliography: Bodrogi, Tibor 1961, Art in North-East New Guinea. Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Science.
Dark, Philip J.C. 1974, Kilenge Art and Life. London: Academy
Linton, Ralph - Arts of the South Seas The Museum of Modern Art: Distributed by Simon & Schuster 1946
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