3. Dongson drum
Dongson culture 300 BC - 100 AD
H: 38 cm
A rare bronze kettle-drum, cast by the lost-wax method, with a deep green patina, the shoulder and main body with a series of vertical and horizontal bands of dash lines, saw-teeth and linked circles; the tympanum with similar geometric bands surrounding a eight-point star and interspersed with multiple aquatic birds, the sides with two pairs of double rope handles.
Dong Son drums of this type, also known as Heger Type I drums.
The Dong Son culture was centred on the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. Drums and other bronze items were produced from around 600 BC until the third century AD and have been found across a vast area of Southeast Asia from Vietnam and Southern China to eastern Indonesia. There has been much speculation as to whether the drums were made for religious ceremonies such as harvest rituals or burials, served to rally men for war, or if they had a more secular role. In folklore they are known as rain drums and played to summon rain or to placate storms.
Provenance Belgian Collection