This Kuba drum is absolutely stunning. The piece was decorated from top to bottom with beautiful beads and cowrie shells. The drum measures 17 inches tall and weighs 4.5 pounds.
Stunning Bead and Shell Covered Kuba Drum 17″ – DRC – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber, seed pods, beads, cowrie shells, animal hide
Drum top is ripped and no longer playable. Imperfections and wear and tear.
About the Kuba People
“During the 16th century, the Kuba migrated from the north and settled between the Sankuru and Kasai Rivers. Today, they number 250,000 and are subdivided into a number of tribes – the Bushoong, the Ngeende, the Kete, the Lele, the Binji, The Dengese, the Mbuun and the wongo. Each clan pays tribute to the Nyim, the king of the Bushoong ruling clan, but their internal affairs are dealt with autonomously. The Bushoong king and his court lived in a closed palace, known as the Mushenge. The king was responsible for the wealth and fecundity of his people.
Each clan within the Kuba kingdom produced artistic objects with specific characteristics, but there are common stylistic features, including predilection for incised geometric decoration. Cups, zoomorphic divination instruments and boxes were produced throughout the realm.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.