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Creator Nationality: Asian; Pacific; Melanesian; New Guinean; Papuan
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Sepik River
Title: Garamut
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 20th century
Creation Place: Sepik River
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: wood
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: L.98 x D.20 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 93.12
Credit Line: The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund

The long beaklike noses and elaborately decorated coiffures on the anthropomorphic handles of this large slit drum illustrate the unique artistic style of the Sepik River area and indicate a clan affiliation. The garamut is one of the most important musical instruments in the Sepik River region. It is used in communal ceremonies and dances, and as a mode of communication. Drummers have created a special language of rhythms and notes to call together meetings and to issue warnings.

Related Multimedia Description: Antenna Audio: Permanent Collection Tour
Link to Multimedia: MIA_.AA200102.03.mp3
AMICA ID: MIA_.93.12
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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