Fante Drum, Ghana
height 24 1/2in (62.2cm)
Private Collection, New York
According to Phillips (2004: p. 436-37), "The elaborately carved 'master' drums...(of the Fante band group)...are invariably female and are often referred to as the 'queen mother' of the ensemble...
...The importance of the drum, and therefore of the group that once owned it, is further emphasised by the relief carving around the torso. Each distinct motif illustrates part of the conventional oral literature of the Akan - from praise names, proverbs and folk tales to riddles, boasts and insults."