Idiophone # Africa Total: 70
 

  • Type Slit drum
  • Origin Nigeria
  • Ethnicity Yoruba
  • Materials Wood
  • Measures 80×16 cm
  • Dating Primera mitad s. XX

Slit drum’s most interesting use consists on the transmission of signs. The used conventional resounding signs are many and they allow the transmission of any kind of announcements. It is also used for dance accompaniment. 

It usually consists on a hollowed out wooden cylinder which becomes the sound box. Some items wear a head engraved on one of its ends; this head symbolize some spirit or it can also represent an ancestor.


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