Region / Tribe: Southwest - Northern New Mexico / Attributed to Taos Pueblo
Circa: 2nd half 19th Century
Material: Wood, hide, pigments
Dimension: H. 16” x xDia. 14”
Condition: Overall Excellent, typical use-wear patterns, with rich glossy wear highlights, no restoration.
Reference: Wright, Barton. Hopi Material Culture. Heard Museum, Arizona, 1979.
-Collected in Northern New Mexico
-Chris Selser Collection, NM
Constructed in typical form with animal hide (elk?), stretched and lashed over the hollowed and green-painted trunk of a cottonwood tree. The top drum head is painted with a large yellow sun circle, outlined with four alternating abstract cloud designs in yellow and green. These celestial images impart powerful symbolic associations to the drum, a central component of Pueblo ritual life. The pounding of the drum replicates the heartbeat of mother earth.
This is an exceptional example made by a master craftsman in untouched original condition.