EXTRAORDINARY 19TH C. HUON GULF TAMI DRUM

Origin: E. New Guinea, Morobe province, Huon Gulf, Siassi Island  (Provenance: Ex. Steven Alpert- Dallas Texas.  Previously in the collection of Everett Rassiga, Budapest, Hungary.  Everett probably got this piece in Hungary, where there were a small number of these in the Budapest Museum.  Rassiga was famous for the pieces he pulled out of then communist Eastern Europe, and this drum was most likely from one of those exchanges with institutions or individuals there.)

Period/Date: Circa 1880-1910

Materials: Hardwood, natural earth pigments, lime

Description:  Here's a fine, rare, and early example of a Tami style drum!  One side displays a large fine quality relief-carved ancestral human face.  These drums are found in old museum collections, but those with faces are rare.  The reverse side is particularly well done with a snake's mouth open and biting a sun disk-like anthropomorphic face.  The geometric designs on the border include "eyes" and "faces".   It is presented on a custom metal display stand.  It is in excellent condition for its age except for an old mend to the handle and loss of the Snake skin head which might be expected on a piece of this vintage.

Ref:  Friede Collection, image 372.
        Barbier, Shadows of New Guinea, cat. 169.
        Die Kunst Ozeaniens, Brodrogi, Budapest Museum, plate 46.
        Stammeskunst, Brodrogi, Buda-pest Museum, plate 74.    

        Also Kilenge Art and Life, pages 84-86   

Dimensions:   Height 28.25"  (71.5 cm), Width 8"  (20 cm)

Price: SOLD

                                    

             

                               

                         

                               

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