The Twelfth Day of Christmas: Drummers Drumming

It is Christmas Eve and the last day of our Twelve Blogs of Christmas!

Our final blog of Christmas takes us to the Pacific, specifically the island of New Guinea. This beautifully crafted drum from our collection is made of wood with decorative carvings all over with red, white and black pigment. The head of the drum is some sort of hide skin, thought to be possibly wallaby.


Musical instruments in Pacific cultures take on a multitude of roles and play an important part of many aspects of life from religious ceremonies to non-religious celebrations. Drums like the drum shown above were normally played exclusively by hand, never with a drum beater. The shape of the drum with its hourglass figure and handle would have been a handheld device, owned predominantly by the men of New Guinea.

With the fading sound of the drummer’s drumming we bid farewell to the Twelve Blogs of Christmas for this year. Please let us know what you have thought about our re-interpretation of the Christmas classic in the comments below, we hope you have enjoyed them and have liked sneaking a peek at our extensive collection!


About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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