Baga Sitemu Caryatid Drum


Product sku AFR331JC36


This Caryatid female carved figure supporting the drum above called “a-ndef” are owned and only used by Baga women’s important ritual, political, and social societies. This functional sculpture depicts a woman kneeling while carrying a drum on her head while holding her breasts. Traditional red polychrome painted with large drum on top. Motherhood is a principal criterion for entry. Women play this type of drum at their ceremonies, and its music lets residents of both the supernatural and mundane worlds know about the ceremony. The songs and iconography of individual drums tell of women’s power, parenting, and problems in the community. Signs of age and use . Guinea Circa 1920s

Length 18 in
Depth 18 in
Height 44 in

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