Photographs © Tim Hamill
This Senufo drum has been vetted as authentic with signs of use and age.
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. Bamileke drums, embellished with low relief carving of figures, animals and objects show the creativity and power the Bamileke put into functional objects.
The head on this drum is torn and not playable. Parts of the reliefs have been damaged and show native repairs. Details below show the damage and extensive native repairs, luckily mostly on one side. Missing wood was replaced with a pasty wood composite.
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