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**Originally Listed At $800**

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Sumba, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A fascinating, long wooden drum in the form of a crouching human/animal hybrid, with one end a face with wide eyes and open mouth, incised hair flowing back from the head. The body is carved with relief arms and legs bent at identical angles, with incised swirls surrounding them. The other end is shaped similarly to the head but is entirely incised with lines aside from a relief concentric circle on the upper side. Along the upper side is a series of four relief squares that form the playing surface. Size: 27" L x 5.75" W x 6.5" H (68.6 cm x 14.6 cm x 16.5 cm)

According to Jill Forshee's "Culture and Customs of Indonesia", "In Sumba, variably tuned drums play for days during funeral events and other ceremonies. Sumbanese also carry out contests with different types of drums, including those imported from other islands. "

Provenance: private Los Angeles, California, USA collection; ex-collection of the late Alfred E. Stendahl, Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Several cracks from weathering as shown, mostly vertically along the grain of the wood. Rich patina on surface with light deposits in lower profile areas.

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Early 20th C. Indonesian Sumba Wood Drum, ex-Stendahl

Estimate $1,500 - $2,250
$6500 bids
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