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Female Caryatid Drum (Pinge)

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

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


c. 1930-c. 1950


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, Gallery 137


Arts of Africa




Female Caryatid Drum (Pinge)


Côte d'Ivoire (Object made in)

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Wood, hide, and applied color


122.9 × 49.2 cm (48 3/8 × 19 3/8 in.)

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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

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