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Nigerian Drum
Nigerian Drum
Resource Typeimage
TitleNigerian Drum
Coverage / YearNigeria; Early 20th century
DescriptionCarved wooden male figure kneels on short disk and supports a cylindrical hollow drum on his head and hands. Large eyes, a wide nose and closed mouth are carved on the face. The figure wears a simple loincloth. The drum is carved with parallel lines around the bottom and near the top, with diagonal lines connecting them. A hide cover is attached over the open top.
InterpretationMusic has an important and broad reaching role in African culture. It is played for serious events like masquerades, performances and ceremonies, when people need to talk to the gods and ancestors and ask for help and blessings; music is also played for entertainment. The artists who make them use materials of many shapes, colors, and proportions to create pieces of sculpture. How the instrument looks can send messages in much the same way as the sound it makes. The form and decoration of the instrument help communicate these messages. Drums are rhythmically sounding instruments consisting of a hollowed out end and a tightly woven surface tied to the hollow end with leather strips. The drummer is well respected in African societies. He must understand chanting, poetry, dance, etc in order to captivate his audiences.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAfrican Folk Tales; African Novel Study; Celebrations and Festivals;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems; 25-27 Fine Arts;
Author or CreatorYoruba (African people) Social life and customs
SourceDonated to the Lakeview Museum by Richard K. Meyer.
Subject / KeywordsNigeria; Africa; Sculptures; Musical instruments
Collection PublisherLakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierLVM1974.010.001
CONTENTdm file name656917872002_drum.jpg
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