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Balafon Djanou Bwa (N° 10675)

Ex private collection of African art Emile Robyn (Brussels, Belgium).

The balafon, or xylophone, belongs to the family of idiophones from West Africa. The sound is generated by the reverb in the gourds of the percussion on the aligned wooden blades. Literally, the word balafon comes from the Malinke bala" meaning "instrument" and "fon" meaning "sound". The particularity of Djanou is to be raised at its ends and provided with handles of transport. It was Emile's grandfather, Abel Robyn, who started the collection in 1850. It was passed on over three generations. When Abel died in 1895, his son Jerome Robyn inherited this collection which he extended until his death in 1968. Emile Robyn inherited from his father and completed this magnificent collection over his purchases that were only made 'from renowned gallery owners, auction houses or renowned collectors. Numbers of pieces from this collection were presented at events such as "Parcours des Mondes" in Paris. Emile Robyn, born in 1942, now decides to sell the entire collection through our gallery, La Porte Dogon.  

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OriginEx collection belge
Countryburkina faso
Height cm88
Depth48 cm
Width63 cm
Weight7.90 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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