Ngoma (drum)

Vili or Yombe people

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

When drums are supported by sculpted works, female figures are most often depicted. Occasionally, a multitier complex of male and animal figures lifts the drum. This example, played with the rattan rope beater of the hands, is associated with the Nkisi cult of the lower Zaire river region, and adjacent areas to the north.

Ngoma (drum), Wood, fiber, glass, Vili or Yombe people

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