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From <em>The Victoria Nyanza: The Land, the Races, and their Customs, with Specimens of some of their Dialects</em> by Paul Kollmann. 1899

Nyamwezi Painted Bark Drum

Tribe Dynasty

Nyamwezi

Country Of Origin

Tanzania

Region

Great Lakes of Central Africa

Date

First half 20th century

Size

27 x 21.5 cms (10¾ x 8½ ins)

Materials

Bark, wood, skin

Technique

Painted

Condition

Good, signs of use and age

The body of this handsome drum has been made from bark that has been shaped into an oval and sewn together with fibre. The top and bottom have been stretched with skin that has been attached with small wooden pegs. The body has been painted with geometric designs. The skin is tightly stretched and it has a good timbre.

The Victoria Nyanza: The Land, the Races, and their Customs, with Specimens of some of their Dialects by Paul Kollmann. 1899. written in 1899 shows bark boxes of the Nyamwezi people of north-eastern and central Tanzania decorated in a similar fashion with elongated triangles and others filled with intersecting lines forming a net pattern. The drawings in the book are of objects brought back by Paul Kollman from his travels in late 19th century German East Africa.

References

  • Paul Kollmann. The Victoria Nyanza: The Land, the Races, and their Customs, with Specimens of some of their Dialects. S. Sonnenschein & Co.. London. 1899. pp.167. Fig.243, 244

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2228

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