Elema, Papuan Gulf, early 20th century
wood, hide, fibers, wooden pegs, old sticker, 79 cms in lenght
Provenance: collected early 20th century, ex. Kevin Conru (Brussels), ex. Tad Dale (Santa Fe), ex. Koos Knol (Wormerveer)
Lit.: Oceanic Art, A. J. P. Meyer (1995)
Beautiful musical instrument used to produce a trance inducing rhytm. The sound hole aperture represents both shark´s mouth and the entrance of the great men´s houses.
Price: upon request