Art/ Collection/ Art Object


19th century
Loango (just north of Pointe-Noire), Democratic Republic of the Congo
Vili or Yombe people
Wood, fiber, glass
H. 30 11/16 × W. 9 7/16 × D. 6 3/4 in. (78 × 24 × 17.2 cm)
Membranophone-single-headed / cylindro-conical
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
When drums are supported by sculpted works, female figures are most often depicted. Occasionally, a multitier complex of male and animal figures lifts the drum. This example, played with the rattan rope beater of the hands, is associated with the Nkisi cult of the lower Zaire river region, and adjacent areas to the north.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; William T. Geyer
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 137, ill.

Ed. Esther A. Dagan. Drums: The Heartbeat of Africa. Montreal, Canada, 1993, pg. 132, fig. 63.1, ill.

"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 23, ill.

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