Caryatid Drum (Pinge)

Small woman seated on a pedestal with a large human-sized drum on her head

Image actions

  • Small woman seated on a pedestal with a large human-sized drum on her head

Date:

1930/50

Artist:

Senufo
Côte d’Ivoire
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

This drum representing a woman of rank balancing a load on her head celebrates women’s prominence in Senufo society, where they act as family founders and spiritual mediators and guardians. It is embellished with designs that allude to the knowledge and power of diviners. This particular drum may have been played by a woman during commemorative funerals for members of the influential all-female associations known as Sandogo and Tyekpa.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Senufo

Title

Caryatid Drum (Pinge)

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1930–1950

Medium

Wood, hide, and applied color

Dimensions

122.9 × 49.2 cm (48 3/8 × 19 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Robert J. Hall, Herbert R. Molner Discretionary, Curator's Discretionary, and African and Amerindian Art Purchase funds; Arnold Crane, Mrs. Leonard Florsheim, O. Renard Goltra, Holly and David Ross, Departmental Acquisitions, Ada Turnbull Hertle, and Marian and Samuel Klasstorner endowments; through prior gifts of various donors

Reference Number

1990.137

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share