Bullroarer 31343

Asmat Culture, West Papua New Guinea

Wood, string, pigment

Second half 20th Century

10.5 in / 27 cm


Bullroarers may be said to be one of the world's most ancient musical instruments. Created from relatively thin wood slat, in a rhombus shape, the object would be spunĀ around on a cord above a shaman's head, making a vibrato sound. This was understood to be the voice of the gods. This piece displays a particularly high aesthetic merit.