LP Iyá Batá Drum

LP Iyá Batá Drum

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This drum was made by Latin Percussion Inc. in Garfield, New Jersey, in 1999. It is a Batá Drum, Iyá (large) with 6-1/2” and 12-1/2” head sizes, made of oak, with chrome fittings, and with a webbing sling. This drum is from a matched set of three bata drums, Oconcolo (2000.3030.14.01), Omele / Itolele (2000.3030.14.02), and Iyá

(2000.3030.14.03).

As indicated in an LP brochure from the period, “LP Founder and Chairman, Martin Cohen, first came across bata drums more than thirty years ago at a religious ceremony in the Bronx, New York. Traditionally Batas are ceremonial drums that are played in groups. At least three people sit, each with a different size drum, and act out "call and answer" patterns which are played on the drums.”

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drum
drum
Date made
1999
maker
Latin Percussion
place made
United States: New Jersey, Garfield
Physical Description
oak (overall material)
metal (overall material)
animal skin (overall material)
webbing (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 25 1/2 in x 15 1/4 in; 64.77 cm x 38.735 cm
ID Number
2000.3039.14.03
nonaccession number
2000.3039
catalog number
2000.3039.14.03
Credit Line
Transfer from Smithsonian Institution Center for Latino Initiatives (through: Dr.Refugio l. Rochin,Director)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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