DAN SLIT DRUM 3, Ivory Coast

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

DAN, SLIT DRUMS, Drum 3, 24", $300, Ivory Coast

Drums are among the most important art forms in Africa, used both as a musical instrument and as a work of sculpture significant in many ceremonial functions, including dance, rituals, story-telling and communication of messages.

Slit drums, with hollow chambers and long narrow openings that resonate when struck, often take a human or animal form in which the drum becomes the body. Several vertical examples from the Dan people show the creativity and power they put into functional objects.

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