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thorn carving of a figure playing a talking drum
  • Yoruba peoples
  • thorn carving of a figure playing a talking drum, 1979
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 5/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Dr. Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0162

Small, carved wooden figure assembled from several parts in light and dark brown colored wood. The carving depicts a standing male figure holding a drum under his proper left arm and a drumstick in his proper right hand. The man wears a long short sleeved tunic carved from the light brown wood. The drum is cylindrical with lengthwise ridges carved down the side to indicate strips of rawhide that would be laced along the sides of the drum. The body of the drum and the drumstick are dark brown and the top and bottom of the drum are light brown. The figure stands on a small rectangular base.