Small slit drum with two drumsticks. Drum is in shape of a fish with painted purple lines for decoration. Children's toy
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Percussion drum
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander toy
Drum - L420 x W66 x H66 mm
Drumsticks - L208 x Dia 12 mm
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita. She was at Fauabu from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.
This small fish-shaped drum was a children's toy from the 1950s.