Divination drum N'Koku Ngoombu - Yaka - Congo - SOLD

Divination instruments in traditional African art

In Africa, the Bayaka (Yaka) speak to a diviner (Ngoombu) when they seek to identify the cause of an illness or misfortune. Ngoombu is responsible for determining the cause and proposing a solution or at least recommendations.

An N'koku Ngoombu slit drum (also called n-Kookwa Ngoombu) is a traditional object involved in the rite of divination. At the rite, the diviner will tap the instrument to call the spiritual forces. The sounds will also accompany the words of the diviner to translate the cause of the misfortune that affected the client.

This African figurative drum was bought by a collector. You will find other musical instruments and divination by browsing our art gallery.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
43 x 9 cm
Ethnic group
Yaka / Bayaka
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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