Photographs © Tim Hamill
37 " high
This magnificent Kuba drum has been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age. It is wonderfully embellished with metal, beads and cowrie shells. The leather head is intact, as are the cowries and beadwork. The crack on the bottom is old and stable. The thin embossed metal around the base is fragile, with some loss.
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.
Kuba king flanked by royal drums, 1947 photograph by Eliot Elisofon
Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Archives
(Note drum on left)
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