Bullroarer 31343

Asmat Culture, West Papua New Guinea

Wood, string, pigment

Second half 20th Century

Bullroarers may be said to be one of the world's most ancient musical instruments. Created from relatively thin wood slat, in a rhombus shape, the object would be spunĀ around on a cord above a shaman's head, making a vibrato sound. This was understood to be the voice of the gods. This piece displays a particularly high aesthetic merit.