Object of the day: a Mongo drum from D.R. Congo

Image courtesy of Zemanek.

Image courtesy of Zemanek-Münster.

Featured in the upcoming Zemanek-Münster auction on 22 March, this spectacular Mongo drum (lot 579) is one of my personal highlights from the sale. 121 cm high, the upper and lower part are carved in steps, a typical feature of these drums. The interplay between the black and white planes enforces the geometric character of this drum substantially. It was published in Belgium collects African art (p. 290), while being in the Damian Reeners collection. I only know a handful other drums like this. This example is an excellent condition for its age.

Image courtesy of Zemanek.

Image courtesy of Zemanek-Münster.