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Baga Figural African Drum 50.5″ – Guinea

$1,950.00 $780.00

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Type of Object

Figural Drum

Country of Origin

Guinea

Ethnicity

Baga

Material

Animal Hide, Pigment, Rope, Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

50.5"

Width

12"

Depth

13.5"

Weight

50lbs

Overall Condition

Fair condition. Both arrms have previous breaks and have been repaired. Some cracking and scraping throughout. See photos.

Tribe Information

Tribe Information

About the Baga People


The Baga people live amid the southern swampy lands of the Guinea Atlantic coastline. According to oral tradition, they originally lived along the interior highlands but were driven westward by their neighbors. The name ‘Baga’ is believed to have come from the phrase ‘bae raka’, meaning “people of the seaside”.
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Additional Information

About the Baga Caryatid Drum

Drums of this sort are referred to a ‘a-ndef’. Although they are carved by men, they are owned, used and designed by baga women of an important society known as A-Tekan. Women will play thse drums at ceremonies, funerals and their week-long initiations to inform the supernatural and ordinary worlds of their power and presence. The core criteria to enter in these societies is motherhood, a woman’s main objective in life. Her kneeling position represents and act of devotion while the large drum on her head is likely inspired by real practices of Baga women who carry large vessels on their heads often.