Yangoru Boiken Flute-Playing Drum-New Guinea Art-Oceanic Art
This is the best Yangoru Boiken flute-playing drum that I have encountered. This type of drum has no handle but two lugs where a strap was strung so it could be slung over a man’s shoulder so one hand can beat the drum while the other held a bamboo flute to the mouth. Paul Roscoe, the leading expert on Boiken culture notes these drums come from “northern Yangoru, performed mainly at some stages of pig exchange and was the focus of the Lumohlia, the ceremony that celebrates success in war, pig exchange, ka nimbia construction, initiation stages, etc. Two men with drums and flutes face each other at the center of a piazza playing away. In the Lumohlia; a large group of men stands around them singing accompaniment, and around them is a larger wheel of women and children who process around the two groups, also singing" (Paul Roscoe, Pers. Comm. 30 Dec. 2010). The present drum has a superb ancestral spirit figure carved in relief and is illustrated in my “Art of the Boiken” catalog of 2011, no. 129. It dates to the early 20th century or before, is ex. Alan Grinnell Collection, stands 32” (81.3 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?