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Early 20th c.; Carved wood, male head on handle; 41" x 12" x 12"; Provenance: Allan Stone Collection, New York

Sale Price: $1,500

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000


The slit gong known as an ikoro is a traditional drum form instrument associated with the Igbo people of Southeast Nigeria. These are monumental, communally owned instruments and usually have their own houses. Ikoro ""speak"" in an abbreviated tonal language to announce certain festivals and emergencies; their sound carries over a considerable distance. Ikoro are nearly always embellished with images of human beings and animals; a good number of them are fully anthropomorphized. Reference
Cole, Herbert M. and Aniakor, Chike G. Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos, Museum of Cultural History, University of California, 1984, pp. 87-88