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Vertical standing columnar form surmounted by carved face with delicately carved features and a triple-crested coiffure. A slit drum or slit gong is a hollow percussion instrument. In spite of the name, it is not a true drum but an idiophone, usually carved or constructed from bamboo or wood into a box with one or more slits in the top.

Drums are among the most important art forms in Africa, used both as a musical instrument and as a work of sculpture significant in many ceremonial functions, including dance, rituals, story-telling, and communication of messages.

Culture and Traditions

The Yaka are an African ethnic group found in the southwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo, with Angola border to their west.

Donation Details

Dr. & Mrs. Scotty L. Greenwald donated in the year 2002.


The Appraised Amount is $ 8,500.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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