It must be tempting to made pieces like this from moulded resin or make an exquisite piece from 3d printing and reproduce it many times. That is true today but even 15 years ago this was not an option hand carved pieces from rare hardwoods chosen for the quality of the wood is sadly a thing of the past. Modern pieces are now rare and highly prized. The work of local artisans is very rare. While many carvings were done for the tourist market larger pieces have always been less common and as such are usually finished to a higher standard. This particular sculpture is symbolic but also has a level of realism the Mangbetu people from central Sudan and east Congo were know for the practice of elongating heads of children by wrapping sculls. They also had a sophisticated musical culture using harps and early stringed guitar like instruments played with a bow. This is a signed piece and dated 1988 and a very fine example of a proud figure playing a drum in the traditional fashion. The quality of the hardwood is superb and has been chosen to have no flaws or any inherent weaknesses in the shape. This is a chance to buy a real work of unique art at a very good price. The item stands 17 inches tall width 4 inches depth 7 inches. We will post internationally on request.