- Label Text
- This type of slit gong was struck with a wood rod that would be tied with a cord around the neck. It was used by a diviner or ritual specialist (nganga) to accompany his or her chants, and also served as a mixing bowl for medicines and when laid down could be used as a stool. The divination ceremonies were concerned with powerful curses and other community problems.
- The projecting human head represents the diviner. The closed eyes suggest a special inner spiritual vision.
- Wood slit gong with a depiction of a human head at the end and traces of grey and white in the interior.
- Samuel Jennings Hamrick, Republic of the Congo, late 1960s to 2008
- Exhibition History
- Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue - From the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr., National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, November 7, 2014-January 24, 2016
- Published References
- Kreamer, Christine Mullen and Adrienne L. Childs (eds). 2014. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue from the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, p. 233, pl. 125.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Yaka artist
- Mid 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Nancy Ely-Raphel in memory of Samuel Jennings Hamrick
- H x W x D: 44.2 x 10 x 10 cm (17 3/8 x 3 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)