ZOOMORPHIC BANGWA DRUM, CAMEROON H. 12.59...

Lot 12
12 000 - 18 000 €

ZOOMORPHIC BANGWA DRUM, CAMEROON H. 12.59...

ZOOMORPHIC BANGWA DRUM, CAMEROON
H. 12.59 in – L. 27.55 in

Provenance:
- Collection Daniel Hourdé, Paris
- Galerie Tino Zervudachi, Paris
- Collection Béatrice et Patrick Caput, Paris
Large Bangwa slit drums could be heard 10km away "as a summons to the palace of the nji or heads of lineage, and was beaten at gatherings for battle campaigns, occasional njah and ngouon festivals and major community builds" (see Arts anciens du Cameroun, p.172). The ends of the idiophone are in the shape of two highly stylised animals, probably leopards, whose shared body carved into a V-shape acts as the soundbox. Their heads have been designed to be beautifully symmetrical and skilfully blend geometry and expressionism. Large almond-shaped eyes beneath small round ears lie in the hollows of deep eye sockets. Their wide mouths gape as though silently roaring. The piece is coated in a beautiful deep and crusted patina.
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