This ritual drum has a 12-pointed star that appears on the flat face or tympanum, as a central motif, surrounded by water birds thought to represent ancestors. Boats with feathered warriors are depicted around the shoulder while water buffalo motifs appear on the body. The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia was strongly influenced by the Dong Son culture of Northern Vietnam. This was an agricultural community based on wet rice cultivation. Bronze drums, weapons and tools were symbols of wealth and power, that were found in graves of the elites. They were made by specialist artisans who would have worked full-time as bronze-casters.

Date/Period
180-100 BCE
Region
North Vietnam
Dimension
Object size: Dia54 x H35 cm
Accession No.
1999-00246
Material
Bronze
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Bronze