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Nkanu drummer figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Nkanu

This sculpture of a drummer comes from the Nkanu of the D.R.C. Large eye sockets highlighted by perforations, with pierced pupils evoking trance, distinguish the face of the character with a rounded back, perched astride a cylindrical volume whose base develops into a collar. The polychromy of the head surmounting a long massive neck, coated with white clay and reddish pigments, is characteristic of the Nkanu. Satin patina. Desiccation cracks.

The Nkanu live from agriculture along the Lufimi River. Their villages are grouped in clusters of four or five under the authority of a local chief leading the heads of families. Their artistic production is mainly linked to initiation rites. The drummers appear on the carved wooden panels displayed during the initiation rites "kimeki". ...


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Nkanu Drummer Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Nkanu figure

This drum sculpture is from the Nkanu of R.D.C. They live on agriculture along the Lufimi River. Their villages are grouped in groups of four or five under the authority of a local chief leading the heads of families. Drum players also appear on carved wooden panels displayed during initiation rites. The sound of the drum, among the Kongo and Yaka, covered the groans of circumcision, drove out malevolent spirits, and encouraged future initiates. A similar piece was donated by François Edouard Cabra in 1903 to the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren.

Large orbits surround the pupils of the character whose face recalls The Yaka statuary. The face, covered with white clay and reddish pigments, is characteristic of the Nkanu. The feet of the musician represented on the drum ...


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