May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022

Painted Drum

Painted Drum

AD 500—1000

Animal hide, gesso, wooden slats, pigment

Overall: 27 x 28 x 12 cm (10 5/8 x 11 x 4 3/4 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2022.37

Location

Did you know?

This painted drum may have been played by a woman in antiquity.

Description

In the 1600s, music was so important to Indigenous Andean ceremonial life that Spaniards destroyed thousands of musical instruments to hasten Natives’ conversion to Christianity. The number of surviving, older instruments suggests that music had similar import in earlier periods. This rare example is painted with a figure wearing a crescent headdress, an emblem of status; it may have been played by a woman.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.