Object photography

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Object description

  • African artist
  • Drum, 19th century
  • Wood, skin, pigment, metal
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Africa
  • H: 40 1/8 in (H: 101.9 cm)
  • Gift of H.F. Shepard, 1867
  • E6753


Essex Institute Collection


This is a carved and painted wooden drum. A human figure is seated, with crossed legs on a base. the figure hat a white hat and neck covering and a black shirt. The drum extends from the top of the figure's head. There is an additional human face on the side of the drum. The drum is covered with snake or lizard skin.

Exhibition History

  • Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.; July 16, 1989 through September 10, 1989