Antique African Yaka Diviner Janus Slit Gong Drum Mukoku Ngoombu
A fine diviner Janus slit gong drum (Mukoku Ngoombu), Yaka, D.R. Congo/Angola late 19th or first half of the 20th century. Finely carved drum forming a hollowed cylindrical body with a slit at the front side, surmounted by a Janus head on a short neck with large pointed nose, protruding oval eye. Two brass bels attached to the neck on the twisted fibre cord.
The wood with fine old natural glossy patina. Mounted on the custom made square iron base.
MEASUREMENTS: High including base: 36cm (14.17 Inches).
PROVENANCE: Private collection of tribal art Canada.
A similar example was sold for €2,390 at Christie’s TRIBAL ART Amsterdam 12 September 2002, lot number 238.
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Link to the similar Yaka drum in The North Carolina Museum of Art:
The market is flooded with reproductions of African art, which for inexperienced collectors look the same as the authentic artifacts but do not have any historical, or investment value. We would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% genuine Yaka Mukoku Ngoombu drum made to be used in Divine tribal ceremonies and is not a reproduction made for financial gains, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity to ascertain that the purchased item is a genuine artifact.