Of tall cylindrical form, carved in relief below a central band of guilloche ornament with Eshu and attendants, a schoolboy, woman carrying a keg, chiefs smoking a pipe, carrying a sword etc. within borders of lenticular ornament, on three short legs, crusty black patina, the hide membrane secured with wood pegs, from the Osi area
93cm. high

Lot Essay

William Fagg writing about this drum in 1986 stated: "This large drum is understood to come from the Osi-Ilorin area, and indeed the style shows it to come from the Ogboni house within about three miles of there. A carving in the upper register shows a reference to a schoolboy or teacher, and this is almost certainly a reference to the Government School at Omu which was founded about 1925 in the district."

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