Publications
Title: Three Note Rub Drum
Date: 19th century or earlier
Cultural Region: New Ireland
Cultural Region: northern New Ireland
Medium: wood, shell, and lime
Dimensions:
16 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 7 1/2 in. (41 x 15 x 19 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Morton D. May
Object Number: 132:1978
Place of origin: Lelet Plateau or Tabar Islands region (attrib), New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Current Location: Not On View
Provenance
by 1908 -
Wilhelm Wostrack [1]

1908/02/26 -
Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany, given by Wilhelm Wostrack [2]

- 1975/01/28
Maurice Bonnefoy, Paris, France

1975 - 1978
Morton D. May (1914-1983), St. Louis, MO, USA, purchased from Maurice Bonnefoy [3]

1978 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Morton D. May [4]


Notes:
[1] Collected in New Ireland by Herrn Bezirkschef Wostrack, of Namatanai. The Linden-Museum registration number for this object was 55713 [Information obtained from the Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany, registration record, part of Wostrack's 1908 listen number 844:55682 - 55780, by Michael Gunn in May 1994].

[2] See note [1].

[3] An invoice dated January 28, 1975 from Maurice Bonnefoy to Morton D. May documents the purchase of this object, listed as "#1744 / Livika: friction drum in the form of an animal laying on its back with its raised feet forming the sound boards; the areas around the eyes and mouth carved with scrolling and dentate design, the eyes inlaid with sea-snail opercula shell; wood, brown patina. Melanesia, New Ireland" [May Archives, Saint Louis Art Museum].

[4] Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 20, 1978.
Exhibition History
Title: Ritual Arts of the South Seas: The Morton D. May Collection
Date: August 22 – October 19, 1975
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: New Ireland: Art of the South Pacific
Date: October 14, 2006 – January 7, 2007
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Venue: Musée du Quai Branly
Venue: Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Title: A Celebration of Acquisitions: Gifts and Purchases 1975-1979
Date: December 2, 1979 – January 6, 1980
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publication History
Title: New Ireland: Art of the South Pacific
Editor: Dr. Michael Gunn
Editor: Philippe Peltier
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publisher: Musée du Quai Branly
Title: Ritual Arts of the South Seas: The Morton D. May Collection
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Edition: July - August
Year Published: 1975
Title: Ritual Arts of the South Seas: The Morton D. May Collection
Year Published: 1975
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