This Yaka slit drum shows no evidence of age or use and was probably
made to be sold.
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
5.75" high x 1.5" diameter
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.
There is a repaired crack on the front left of the head (see details below).
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