X85.321 Drum

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Drum
Ghana
Fante peoples
Wood, hide, pigment
1920
H: 94.0 cm, Diam: 58.0 cm (H: 37.0 in, Diam: 22.8 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Clayre and Jay Haft. X85.321

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Description

This instrument was once the “master”/”mother” drum of a Fante popular band. Each group was identified with a distinctive style of music and dance, much like popular bands in Euro-American traditions. The large female figure on the front of this drum represents Queen Victoria, whose image continued to play an active role in West African popular culture many years after her death.

Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 326

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