Photographs © Tim Hamill
IGBO, DRUM 2, 41.5", $800, SOLD, Nigeria
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. The Igbo use both the vertical and the larger horizontal type. We are also showing a tall, skinheaded drum with wonderful relief carving.
The head on this drum is intact with one hole, but not really playable.
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