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Zoomorphic Drum

36 13/16 x 8 11/16 x 12 1/8 in. (93.5 x 22 x 30.8 cm)

Unknown, Papua New Guinean
Papua New Guinean

Object Type: Musical Instrument
Medium and Support: Wood, shells, feathers, pigment
Credit Line: From the collection of the Buffalo Museum of Science, C8032
Accession Number: 20.2009L
Location: Currently on view
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This drum is on loan from one of the most significant collections of pre-contact Oceanic art in the nation held at the Buffalo Museum of Science. This local treasure is due largely to the skillful collecting of Chauncey J. Hamlin, prior president of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, and his 1938 acquisition of the P. G. T. Black collection. Black was one of the earliest westerners to visit Oceania. As an agent for a company that supplied mission stations, he collected art as he traveled throughout the area between 1886 and1914.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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