YORUBA DRUM 1, Nigeria

Photographs © Tim Hamill

YORUBA, DRUM 1, 32", $25,000, 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.

The head on this drum is intact, but not really playable. It has probably been replaced many times.

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