Lot: 48788th Tribal Art Auction
Anthropomorphic slit-drum "n-koku"
D. R. Congo, Zombo
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Lempertz, Cologne, 15 March 1997, lot 85
Dirk Vonck, Brussels, Belgium
Wolf-Bernard Müller, Krefeld, Germany
|H: 18.1 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, reddish brown patina, black paint, slightly dam., cracks with traces of old resin repairs, missing parts, base. This slit-drum signals the presence of the "ngaanga ngoombu" and provides the rhythm for many of the chants. The hollow interior can serve as a mixing container for preparing and serving medicines, and laid horizontally, the instrument is used as the diviners stool.