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iya'lu dundun (talking drum with drumstick)
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • iya'lu dundun (talking drum with drumstick), late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, hide, leather, burlap, cloth, brass, velvet
  • Object Height/Diameter: 48 x 30 cm does not include strap
    Object Height/Diameter: 18 7/8 x 11 3/4 in does not include strap
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3146.a,b

The two-headed, hourglass shaped drum (2007.3146.a) has strips of twisted hide stretched between both heads. Two decorative bands are tied at either end, covering the hide strips. These decorative bands are removeable. There are dark blue and green velvet stripes with a dark brown leather edging, and probably a burlap and cloth backing (as is visible on the strap). There are two narrow leather ties at each end. There is a fringe of conical brass bells on the free edge by the drum head. There is a shoulder strap made of dark blue and green striped velvet, with a burlap interior, once lined with green cloth, and edged with dark brown leather. There are two short leather ties at either end. One end is currently tied to one end of the drum, the other is currently not attached.

The wooden drumstick (2007.3146.b) is curved at either end. One end is wrapped in blue and green cloth. The other end has a round disc.