New Guinea drums are one of the most underappreciated art objects from the region. These often repositories of cultural ideals and motifs—that have long survived missionary influence. In addition drums are utilitarian objects that receive years of loving and sustained use that manifests itself in worn, smooth and glossy patinas. Such is the case from this beautiful drum from the Huon Gulf. I field collected this example years ago high up the slopes of Umboi Island but drums are mobile and are frequently traded so this drum could have come from Tami Island or West New Britain as well. Take note of the elegant fish designs, really beautifully rendered. The drum is late 19th/early 20th century, is 24 ¾” (62.8 cm) in height and sells for $2200. Questions?