IATMUL SLIT GONG BEATER
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Length: 26 in (66 cm)
Harry A. Franklin, Beverly Hills, acquired by the 1960s
Used to play large and elaborately decorated slit gongs, certain slit gong beaters, such as the present lot, are intricately carved and decorated objects which stand as works of art in their own right.