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Wood and animal skin - Late nineteenth to early twentieth century

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Double ended drum from Nigeria

This double-ended drum, made from wood and animal skin with a textile strap, was used by the Tarok people of northern Nigeria, known to many Europeans in the nineteenth century as the Yergum people. It was collected and donated to Reading Museum by Frank Aust, a missionary with the Sudan United Mission in Nigeria.

Frank Aust worked at the Rock Station mission station in Nigeria from its foundation in September 1904. The Museum holds no information about his work in Nigeria, but it is most probable that the objects he donated to the Museum were collected during his time there. Aust returned to England in around 1908, and later worked in Reading as a teacher of civil engineering.

Museum object number REDMG : 1973.230.1

height 450 mm

See related topic: World Collection: Reading Missionaries

See related topic: World Collection: Belief

Tarok: a language of Nigeria.