Drumbeater
Newman Chikuni

2007

Springstone

43cm (h)

12cm (w)

31cm (d)

£550

The figure holds the drum with his feet while using fingertips and the heel of the hand to beat out a rhythm.

Drums are immensely important objects in most African cultures. Drumming, call-and-response singing, and dancing gets the whole community involved. It is also closely associated with Shona spiritual beliefs and the rituals used to communicate with the spirit world.

Springstone is a hard variety of serpentine stone, mined in northern Zimbabwe. The green lines are veins in the stone, typical of springstone from that particular mine.

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