International Conservation Services undertook conservation treatment on and installation of a Vanuatu Slit Drum at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.
The slit drum is fabricated from a single tree trunk in ‘totem’ style with a carved head above the main body (drum). The main body is hollowed out internally through a narrow vertical slit to produce a drum sound when beaten.
The lower part of the trunk was originally inserted in the ground to support the drum. However, this had rotted and disintegrated, providing no means of support. Fungal wood decay had rotted the lower section and extended internally into the above ground section, causing the wood to become fibrous and powdery. There were large cracks in the head and shoulder areas.
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