Mangbetu Nemandru slit drum
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Mangbetu Nemandru slit drum


Music and percussion in African art in the Congo

African drum of Mangbetu origin, recognizable by its rounded shape on the underside and its side handles, is described by the organologist J.-S. Laurenty as "tulip-shaped".
Small in size, this drum was used during rites and festivities in the village or between villages.

Larger copies exist as seen in the contextual period photos and could also be used to communicate over long distances thanks to their large resonance box.

This small instrument called nemandru among the Mangbetu was collected by a Belgian settler in the village of Okondo. This type of drum is found only among the peoples of Uele (Mangbetu, Zande and Mamvu).

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Presumed dating
Circa 1970
19 x 41 cm
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo