MENDE SLIT DRUM 1, Sierra Leone

  Despite its appearance, this drum was probably made to be sold.

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MENDE
SLIT DRUM 1
24" high
Sierra Leone
$300

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

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