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Slit-Drum Hunting Charm (N-kookwa Ngoombu)

Arts of Africa

CULTURES Yaka or Zongo
MEDIUM Wood, iron, seedpods, fiber, horn, fur, glass, beads, organic material
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 12 3/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 in. (31 x 7 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Yaka. Slit-Drum Hunting Charm (N-kookwa Ngoombu), 19th century. Wood, iron, seedpods, fiber, horn, fur, glass, beads, organic material, 12 3/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 in. (31 x 7 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1461. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1461_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 22.1461_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Hardwood figure in shape of a slit gong surmounted by a head. Hung with heavy wire and rope necklaces, on which are old European keys and padlock, bird beaks, seed pods and other material. Medicine packed in top of tri-crested headdress and slit in front of body. "Slit-drum".
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