Shrine Figure of a Standing Bata Drummer
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
DimensionsWork : 18 1/4 x 4 x 3 in. (46.36 x 10.16 x 7.62 cm)
Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
LabelBata drums are conical, two-headed drums that are usually suspended on the front of the drummer’s body by a strap and are played either with the hands or with a curved drumstick. They are a regular feature of most Yoruba festivals, religious ceremonies and other major social events. The face and double axe-shaped form that appear on top of the figure’s head symbolize Sango, the Yoruba god of thunder and lightning. Sango is considered to be one of the most powerful deities in the traditional Yoruba pantheon.