Dance Drum

Moluccan Islands, Indonesia

Wood, skin, fiber

19th/early 20th Century
18.5 in/47 cm


This drum features an elegant sculptural line with a brilliant patina of use. It was acquired from an old collection in the Netherlands, with an oral history associating it with the Moluccas. A classic of its type, such drums were used to create the rhythmic drone of ritual trance dance known throughout the outer islands.