YAKA SLIT DRUM 9, DRC

Photographs © Tim Hamill

YAKA
Drum 9
26.5" high x 5.5" diameter
$400

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. Vertical examples from the Yaka people show careful execution.

This Yaka slit drum shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

There is a stable crack on the side of the animal, a small crack on the top of the head and an inverted "U" shaped crack just to the right of the opening.

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