Plains. <em>Drum</em>, early nineteenth century. Hide, buffalo horn, horsehair, dyed owl feathers, stroud wool cloth, small eagle feathers, pigment, metal nails, 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 x 19 11/16 in. (5 x 5 x 50 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.135. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.43.201.135_view1.jpg)

Drum

Artist:Plains

Medium: Hide, buffalo horn, horsehair, dyed owl feathers, stroud wool cloth, small eagle feathers, pigment, metal nails

Dates:early nineteenth century

Dimensions: 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 x 19 11/16 in. (5 x 5 x 50 cm)

Collections:

Accession Number: 43.201.135

Image: CUR.43.201.135_view1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Northern Plains area. The drum has a red painted patch glued onto drumhead. The design is a buffalo with a zigzag line around it but no power lines emanating directly from the buffalo. There are red areas of pigment on drumhead. Wool and hide fringe dangles from drum. Remnants of silk ribbons are attached with nails along the edge. It has a knot in the hide ties in the middle back. This was possibly made as a showpiece as would have been very awkward to hold and play. This is a drum that would have ceremonial significance These are specialized.

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