Title:Hand Drum (kundu)Artist:IatmulDate:20th centuryCreation Place:Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Middle Sepik RiverCredit Line:The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip FundAccession Number:98.37.3
Hand drums accompany clan songs performed at important community events. The drum sound represents spirit and ancestor voices. The Iatmul believe they are descended from a giant crocodile; this important animal appears many times on this instrument. The open-ended design carved around both halves of the drum represents the gaping jaws of two crocodiles, symbolic of sky and earth. These opposing realms are linked by the drum's handle, another crocodile.