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Drum made of wood, skin (reptile), cord (vegetable fibre).
Height: 61.50 centimetres
Width: 28 centimetres
Depth: 24.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See Ethdoc 29 - These 7 drums are most probably those described in this undated, unsigned, Ethdoc viz:
'(a) Lango drums are seven in number:-
1. A long drum called Atimu. This was the only drum known to them till about 120 years ago, the other six being developed under Bantu influence. It is covered with the skin of a monitor lizard, or of a crocodile where procurable.
2. A large drum, called Min Bul or Mother Drum.
3. A smaller drum, called Adangadang[a]
4. Four small drums, each called Atin Bul or Child drum.
(b) The trees from which the drums are made are locally called Abatta and Yago respectively.
(c) The pegs (Ateke) for pegging the skins to the body of the drums are made from a tree called Adwong.
(d) In the Myel Me Bul or The Drum Dance all the drums are used. In the dance held in honour of the birth of twins only two small drums are used, the number of the drums, as is the rest of the ceremony, being symbolical. In the rain dance, performed to invoke rain, the drum Atimu is only used.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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