Figure of drummer

Figure of drummer
view: quarter 1
Figure of drummer
view: left
Figure of drummer
view: right
Figure of drummer
view: back
Figure of drummer
view: front

This figure of a seated drummer has lost its original base. The elongated ovoid head and coiffure is typical of Mangbetu style, and the large ears sit high up on the side of the head. Facial features show cowrie-shaped eyes and full lips, unfortunately the nose has been damaged. The figure shows square shoulders, with tapering torso and hands resting on the top of the drum, which sits between the figure's legs. The body of the drum is patterned in a basket-weave effect. The figure wears a waisted loin cloth. The wood is a mid-brown colour and displays a high sheen.

Object details
Type of object: Figure
Type category: Sculpture in the round
Material: Unspecified wood
Width: 98 mm
Height: 250 mm
Depth: 76 mm
Style/Period: Helen Coleman
Date range: 1900-1999 CE
Discovery site: Helen Coleman
Personal name: -
Role: -
Culture: Mangbetu
Record data
Artworld id: 10004
Current accession number: UEA 249
Former accession number: -
Credit line: Figure of drummer. Central and east Africa, Northern Congo: Mangbetu. 20th century. Wood, reddish brown patination. h. 25.0 cm. Acquired 1972. UEA 249
Recorded by: PC
Record date: Sun, 2nd Jun 2002
Copyright: Copyright© by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved