Origin: New Guinea, Sandaun province, Telefomin Area, Mountain-Ok people (Provenance: Ex. collection of Lawrence Bishop, Indiana. During the 1980's Lawrence was Vice President of Hemmeter Art Services, a division of the Hemmeter Group, and traveled the world with Chris Hemmeter Jr. purchasing Tribal and Asian Art for their corporate installations. )
Period/Date: circa 1930's or earlier
Materials: hardwood, natural earth pigments, resin adhesive, reptile skin
Description: Here's a scarce and fine example presented on a wood and metal display stand. Carved from a single piece of hollowed timber, it features deep and bold traditional motifs on its base in black, white and red. Its construction is distinctive featuring two raised nodes, one at its mid-section and the other at the mid-point of its base. It shows significant age and use having acquired a rich warm honey color patina. In good condition with some minor old chips, scratches and normal wear. If you own a shield or a house door from this culture you probably don't have a drum, which is the third form they expressed their rich artistic traditions.
Height 32.75" (83.5 cm), Width 5.5" (14 cm)