Arts & Culture

Drum

Unknownearly 20th century

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This kettledrum is elevated on the shoulders of two polychromed cult figures -- one a mother nursing her child, the other possibly writing in a book. Among the Asante and other peoples of West Africa, the nurturing presence of the "mother drum" echoes the role of the female as lineal head. The drum membrane is attached by seven pegs.

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Details

  • Titel: Drum
  • Maker: Unknown
  • Aanmaakdatum: early 20th century
  • Type: Membranophone-single-headed / kettle drum
  • Externe link: MMA
  • Materiaal: Wood, polychrome
  • medium extent: Complete
  • description extent: Complete
  • credit line extent: Complete
  • credit line: Gift of Raymond E. Britt, Sr., 1977
  • Culture: Akan Ashanti people

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