Shrine Figure of a Standing Bata Drummer


Artist
Lamidi Fakeye (Nigerian, 1928 – 2009)
Date
circa 1991
Medium
mahogany
Dimensions
Work : 18 1/4 x 4 x 3 in. (46.36 x 10.16 x 7.62 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
Object Number
2017.60.4

Label
Bata 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.

Object Type
Sculpture
Wood
Academic Themes
Music Connections