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Asante-style drum
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This drum was made in the style of the Asante people of Ghana, West Africa, but was collected in Virginia, then an English colony in North America, around AD 1730-45. It is one of the earliest known surviving African-American objects and was probably brought to the New World on the middle passage of a slave-trading voyage. The first passage was from Britain to Africa carrying goods, the second from Africa to the American colonies carrying slaves, and the third from America to Britain carrying trade goods.

The drum is made of native African wood, vegetable fibre and deerskin. It is not known who took the drum to America. It may have been owned by an officer or the captain of a British ship, rather than an African. It was collected by a Reverend Mr Clerk on behalf of Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection was the foundation of the British Museum.

Asante-style drum

Made in West Africa, collected in Virginia, AD 1730-45.
Ht 40 cm.

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