05/08/2013 02:23 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

82nd & Fifth: PLAYING FROM MEMORY by Eric Kjellgren

This slit gong depicts the face and voice of one of the founding ancestors of the village where it was made. "The ancestors watch over human activities," says curator Eric Kjellgren, "but are also connected with the larger workings of the cosmos."

View a series of photographs of slit gongs in Vanuatu while listening to a recording of the instrument played during slit-gong rituals.