Chokwe constitute the largest ethnic group in eastern Angola. Chokwe sculptors were the most famous of the region and have influenced the art of many neighboring peoples. They were responsible for manufacturing of the drums for the chiefs. According to some sources, the occasion of the inauguration of a royal drum was so important that it called for human and animal sacrifice - just as did the occasion of the royal funeral or succession. Decoration of a drum varied with royal round drums being more ornate than the slit drums. Royal drums have been adorned with geometrical designs, interlacing patterns and masks - similar to the one on this drum.
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