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Split Drum Mumuye (N° 12528)
Music and prestige in African art South of the Benue River, in a region of difficult access that isolated them until 1950, are established the Mumuye, which are organized into family groups called dola.
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Their iagalagana statues were stored in a box reserved for this purpose, while another box, java, housed an individual with magical powers and surrounding himself with ritual objects related to his function and prestige.The sculptor, named rati or molabaiene The latter, who had another job, made everyday objects such as this slit drum whose rhythm also accompanied ritual ceremonies and announced important events.The sound box is equipped with four feet stabilizing the object. The handles are made up of two contiguous heads adorned with very large red-painted ears, and a single crest joins the two faces, a crack between the two faces.
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|Estimated dating||circa 1970|
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