Large Chokwe Male Drum Mask Description
This large ceremonial drum, ornately carved from a single piece of wood, is a highly decorative and functional musical instrument. Drums of this nature would only have been played during special ceremonies within tribal villages of the Chokwe people residing in Angola.
The Chokwe people are renowned for their skill in creating beautiful wood carvings and ceremonial face masks in particular. Whilst an abundance of face masks are readily available, it’s not common to find a large drum carved in the form of a person holding a mask to their face. A master craftsman would have spent months carving this piece and it would have had significance within tribal culture. It’s not something which would be found in a curio market dealing in tourist souvenirs.
As a musical instrument this drum would undoubtedly hold attraction for a variety of musicians. It is however in itself a beautiful carving so would also appeal to purveyors of African art in general as an interesting display piece.
The age of the drum is difficult to determine but judging from the binding and the condition of the drum head it is estimated to be a fairly new carving.
Large Chokwe Male Drum Mask Specifications
Height: 106 cm
Diameter: 42 cm
Weight: approximately 20 kg
Wood type is unknown
Drum head: cow hide
This Large Chokwe Male Drum Mask can be collected from our saleroom located in Monteseel, Inchanga, just outside Hillcrest, Durban. If required, delivery can be arranged. Please enquire for details at [email protected]