AFRICAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

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MOSSI
Flutes

 

LOBI
Flutes

 

BWA
Flutes

 

ETHIOPIAN
Harp 1
SOLD

YORUBA
Drums
SOLD

 

BAMILEKE
Drums
SOLD

YAKA
Drums
SOLD

SENUFO
Drum
Catalog
 

African
Horn
Catalog

BAMILEKE,
Gong
Catalog

African
Mbira
Catalog

African
Harps
Catalog

 

IGBO
Drum
Catalog

 

KUBA
Drum
Catalog



 Djembe
Drum
Catalog

CHOKWE
Drum
Catalog


YORUBA
Gong
Catalog

DAN
Drum
Catalog

African
Gong
Catalog

Talking
Drum
Catalog
 

DRUMS
Various Peoples

AFRICAN
Rattles Catalog


BUYU Castenet
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

African drums were musical instruments, ceremonial objects and means of communication. The large exhibit focuses on the traditional drums of the Yoruba, Senufo, Kuba, Chokwe, Bamileke, Igbo and other peoples, plus slit drums of the Yaka, Dan and Yangere. Other instruments, such as gongs, horns, kora, harps and mbira (thumb pianos) are also included. Most of the exhibit is visual; many pieces are not capable of being played, but some are. We also have contemporary jembe drums, talking drums and balliphones all intended for play. The drums range from everyday objects with monumental, simple forms to ornate pieces bringing status to the owner, connoting power and the honoring of ancestors. They all show the creativity and power Africans put into functional objects.

BAMILEKE, GONGS, Cameroon
BAMILEKE, HORNS, Cameroon    ARCHIVES ONLY
DAN, BELLS, Ivory Coast    ARCHIVES ONLY
ETHIOPIAN, HARPS, Ethiopia    ARCHIVES ONLY
FON, RATTLES, Benin
FLUTES Various peoples
GONGS Various peoples
HARPS Various peoples
HORNS Various peoples
LOBI, BELLS, Burkina Faso    ARCHIVES ONLY
LUBA, RATTLES, Dem. Rep. Congo
MBIRA (FINGER HARPS) Various peoples
RATTLES, Cameroon
TIKAR, HORNS, Cameroon    ARCHIVES ONLY
YORUBA, BELLS, Nigeria    ARCHIVES ONLY
YORUBA, GONGS, Nigeria    ARCHIVES ONLY
GO TO AFRICAN DRUMS Exhibition

GO TO DRUMS and SHIELDS Exhibition
Oct. 3 - Nov. 30, 1996

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