Authentic Bamana Slit Drum 35.5″ with Stand – Mali – African Art

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An outstanding drum hand carved by the Bamana People of Mali. The drum stands 33.5 inches high and comes with a custom base, raising the height to 35.5 inches and weighs 19 pounds. This piece would make an excellent addition to any collection.

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Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

33.5" Drum, 35.5" w/ Stand

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

19 lbs

Overall Condition

Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.

Tribe Information

About the Bamana People

“The 2,500,000 Bambara people, also called Bamana, form the largest ethnic group within Mali and occupy the central part of the country, in an area of the savannah. They live principally from agriculture, with some subsidiary cattle rearing in the northern part of their territory. The Bambara people are predominantly animists, although recently the Muslim faith has been spreading among them. The Bambara kingdom was founded in the 17th century and reached its pinnacle between 1760 and 1787 during the reign of N’golo Diarra is credited with conquering the Peul people and in and in turned claimed the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu. However, during the 19th century, the kingdom began to decline and ultimately fell to the French when they arrived in 1892. For the most part, Bambara society is structured around six male societies, known as the Dyow (sing Dyo).”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.


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