Akan Breasted Drum

Ghana

wood, skin and paint, the oval shaped drum with figurative design in relief and two conical breasts, covered with goat hide

Measurements:
height 85 cm
Provenance:
The Estate of Ray Hughes
Reference:
Akan breasted drums were used in popular bands called Ompe, translated by J. H. K Nketia as ‘who doesn't like it’. Ompe performed at local festivals and funerals. The drums are decorated with relief figures representing proverbs, political statement, or satire. The breasts indicate the drum's role as ‘mother’ of the band. Although ompe have been replaced by modern ensembles, a number are still active today
  • EStimate $5,000 - $7,000
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