Dan Bassa Figural Slit Drum 26″ – Liberia – African Art

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This statue was created in the style of the Bassa people of Liberia. The statue features a figure with a slit down the center of her abdomen, creating a slit drum. She measures 26 inches tall and weighs 4.5 pounds. There is some chipping around the feet and cracking and scuffing throughout – Please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figural Drum

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

4.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Chipping around feet. Large cracks and wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Bassa People

“Bassa territory lies in the middle of present day Liberia. Their economy is based on rice which they cultivate around small villages which have a population of around two hundred. Bassa artistic tradition has been influenced by their north-eastern neighbours, the Dan, who live on the Ivory Coast.”

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

About the Dan People

The Dan are known for their superb woodwork. Masks are the single most paramount form of artwork created by the Dan, creating a bridge between the supernatural and physical worlds.
Read more about the Dan here.