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Sudanese Copper Drum Taken by Lord Kitchener
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Sudanese Copper Drum Taken by Lord Kitchener

The drum must have been greatly appreciated by Lord Kitchener who displayed it on this purpose made stand

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Sudanese Copper Drum Taken by Lord Kitchener

Sudan, Africa

1884

Height 89 cm Diameter 71.5 cm (35 x 28 in)

The semi-spherical beaten copper drum has a hide membrane held in place with wooden pegs. The inscription to the side reads: Malik al Said Muhammad Ahmad al-sheikh Idris 1302 (this date equates to 1884/85)

Provenance:
The drum was captured in a punitive raid mounted by Lord Kitchener to avenge the murder and defeat of Gordon of Khartoum by the Mahdi in January 1885

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