Drum (kasosau)

Production date
Pre 1990
Papua New Guinea
Milne Bay
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Object detail

Wooden drum with decorative shell inlay. Small human face carved into both sides of drum body. Traditional name: "kasosau"
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander drum
Production date
Pre 1990
L 190 x W 85 x D 120 mm
History and use
This ‘kasosau’ drum is from Kiriwina Island. The surface of the drum is lined with a shell inlay, with human faces depicted on either side of the drum

Like many instruments from Papua New Guinea, drums are believed to hold the voice of ancestors, and are highly valuable possessions often passed down as heirlooms. Drums like this one are traditionally used to accompany song and dance in ceremonial occasions.

This object was collected by donor Peter Watt in 1990 and donated to the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 2012.
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