N'koko Ngoombu (Diviner's Slit Gong)Late19th century - Mid 20th century
18 11/16 in. x 14 in. x 4 1/8 in. (47.5 cm x 35.5 cm x 10.5 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
This object has the following keywords:
- African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
- Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- minkisi - Sculpture used to contain potent medicines that are associated with spiritual or healing power, often taking the form of carved wooden figures or assemblages of objects, such as bundles, shells, pots, and amulets. Originating in the Congo region of Africa, their use in divination, protection, and healing rites has been carried to Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, and the American South.
- ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
- slit drums - Percussion idiophones made by cutting, burning, or gouging a slit in the wall of a hollowed-out piece of wood, used for musical or signaling purposes.
- wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Ownership End Date: 12/20/1996
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
Important Tribal Art
New York, NY, 1989
Figure Number: 218
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0179776.
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0017108.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0160914.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0017051.
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- Jacqueline Cogdell Djedje, Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music (Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History., 1999), 286.
- University of California, Los Angeles, Fowler Museum, Visions of Africa: The Jerome L. Joss Collection of African Art at UCLA (Los Angeles, California: University of California Fowler Museum, 1994), 120-121. Figure Number: 40
- "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Imodara.com. https://www.imodara.com/discover/dr-congo-yaka-nkoku-ngoombu-slit-drum/.
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