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Drum – Wood, Leather – Baga – Guinea


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Authentic Baga drum with great signs of use and age from the Manfred Schäfer collection

Drums are among the most important art forms in Africa, used both as a musical instrument and as a work of sculpture significant in many ceremonial functions, including dance, rituals, story-telling and communication of messages.

Owned and played by members of the Baga women’s association known as A-Tekan (ah-te-khan), this drum, called a-ndef (ah-endeaf), demonstrated female power. The initiation into such institutions of female solidarity and cohesion was generally restricted to women who had bore children. The drum was played at annual week-long initiation ceremonies for new members, as well as at the funerals of members and the marriages of members’ daughters.

Good condition with a beautiful patina of age.

Provenance: Manfred Schäfer collection, ex- gallery owner from Ulm, Germany.

Object: Drum
Ethnic group/ culture: Baga
Region/ country: Guinea
Material: Wood, Leater
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good
Dimensions: 95×38×33 cm
Weight: 9000 g


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