Large Lele Drum, Democratic Republic of the Congo
height 43 1/5in (110cm)
Wood, fiber, animal skin
Christie's, London, June 83, lot 169
Private Collection, England
This is a very fine example of this form of drum with finely incised geometric decorations and dark-brown patina. In addition to the two sculpted faces with elongated beards, the artist has incorporated a snake and fish.
According to Cornet (1978: p 232), "Of the several types of drums carved by the Lele, the most important is this type - a tall cylinder on a round base"