Large Lele Drum, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lot 206W
Large Lele Drum, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sold for US$ 7,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Large Lele Drum, Democratic Republic of the Congo Fine Kuba Drum, Democratic Republic of the Congo height
Lot Details
Large Lele Drum, Democratic Republic of the Congo
height 43 1/5in (110cm)
Wood, fiber, animal skin

Provenance:
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"
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