We periodically select an object of rarity or of extreme beauty for our featured African Treasure. We attempt by photo and attention to detail to describe what we consider an authentic African treasure which can be the centerpiece of a collection. We believe that , in addition to its aesthetics, the featured "African Treasure" represents investment quality art.

Yoruba Drum


Description: This month's selection is a Yoruba drum. It is believed to come from the Palace of Ijesha of the Ijebu kingdom, carved in the 18th century.The Ijebu disintegrated during the 18th and 19th centuries, but were revived by the colonial powers at the end of the 19th century and today still form the political structure of the Yoruba people. Examination of the drum shows 18 heads in relief and three standing figures. The manner in which the hair is worn (somewhat of a tall crown) indicates an aristocratic motif. The aristocracy is further manifested in the interlace at the base of the drum. The carving is excellent and the piece is well preserved.
Material: Wood and Skins
Condition: Excellent
Dimensions: 47''X 17''
Item #: FH913NFWWW
Price: $14,500