A SMALL CONGO SLIT DRUM
Provenance: Missionaires Rédemptoristes, 1890-1910
Slit drums (which acoustically function as bells) are found globally. Logs hollowed into cylindrical, trapezoidal, or zoomorphic shapes are used for sending messages or, as with this one, played in ensembles to accompany dance. This cylindrical drum is characterised by its smallness and by the anthropomorphic decoration (a head) that acts as a handle. This drum is played exclusively by the féticheur-healer who thereby summons protective spirits and communicates with them.
Democratic Republic of Congo, 25 cm
Wood and vegetable fiber
Price: € 1.200,-