Iribu, single membrane conical drum, with a narrow carved wooden shell. The lizard skin membrane is glued to the outside edge of the upper rim, and has four elliptical black beeswax tuning spots arranged in a rectangle at the centre. A line of a translucent substance is adhered to the body mid way down. The foot is cylindrical and wider than the bottom of the body. It is cut into a fish mouth shape forming two pointed tines at the bottom. The whole lower section is painted in orange with white rims and details.

The drum is played during the Bedamuni kafoi dancing ceremony, at the end of the goy rèègi initiation ceremony. Although one man may carve and paint a drum, the drums are generally regarded as the property of small family groups.

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