African Ceremonial ritual wooden drum (Pinge), Senufo people, African Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Korhogo region. Circa 1920-1950.
Entirely carved from one piece of wood, the sculpted figure depicting a bare breasted regal woman, seated on a stool, with upraised arms, an arched back, and a strong neck, gracefully supporting and balancing a drum on her head.
The drum is carved in low relief with symbols representing various animals, including crocodiles. birds, gazelles and other animals. These symbols have special meaning to Senufo community members. The top with its original hide membrane retained with wood pegs.
CONDITION: Showing the age and usage with wear, scratches, and old patina, some age cracks in the figure of the woman, one leg of the stool damaged.
DIMENSIONS: Height: 95 cm (37.4 inches). Diameter: 30 cm (11 3/4 inches).
A very similar drum is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Also, another related Senufo drum is in the Dallas Museum of Art, published in the book, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art, by Roslyn Adele Walker.
Page: 176. No 59. Link to Senufo drum is in Dallas Museum of Art.
PROVENANCE: From an old Canadian collection of Tribal Art.
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