Hand drums rank as one the Asmat’s most aesthetically pleasing artifacts. They often have elaborate openwork handles depicting stylized birds, lizards or praying mantis. The beauty of this drum lies in its simple refinement. It is long, lean and minimal in appearance. The body of the drum is adorned with archaic human figures by a competent hand. The drum has an aged black patina through years of use. Ex. Michael Hamson (US).