African Drum tables
African Drum tables are tables made from traditional African drums.
Background and Description
African Drum tables are generally traditional African drums intended for playing music, that have been requisitioned as tables.
African music is a great part of African culture and tradition. It relies heavily on fast-paced, upbeat rhythmic drum playing. Rhythm represents the fabric of life and interdependence in human relationships. The drum symbolises life and the heartbeat. Drums have therefore been crafted in Africa for centuries, to play traditional music on. They are classed as membranophones, consisting of a skin or drumhead stretched over the open end of a frame or shell. A well-known African drum is the Djembe.
African drums are traditionally hand-made, using wood for the frame such as entwined twigs or carved figures, and animal hide for the drum skin top. This skin is often zebra for its striking patterns, but sometimes just plain cow hide. Sometimes the base will also be crafted from pieces of the animal, such as their hooves.
Collecting African Drum tables
Collectors will usually source an African drum as a display piece. Some may travel to Africa to source a particular drum, to have a traditionally made drum made, or to find an antique example. Otherwise, they can be found at auction, on eBay, and in antique stores.
Cheaply produced replicas are available, as well as drums using synthetic materials instead of animal products, but these are not as valuable as African hand-made drums.
Older examples, considered antique or vintage, are considered more valuable. African drums could be considered to be folk art.
African drum tables have sold on eBay for up to $100.
They can sell for $100-$4,750 at auction, generally as these have more research and expert knowledge to ascertain their origin.