This symmetrical 'moko' or drum is made of similar upper and lower parts with gentle curves and a relatively straight waist section in the middle. The tympan is undecorated but there are simple floral designs that ring the upper and lower parts. It has four handles.Traditionally, 'moko' was the main form of currency on Alor and it was a vital inclusion in any brideprice. In 1914, the Dutch government collected and destroyed 1600 'moko' on Alor in a bid to make silver and copper coins the accepted currency.

Indigenous Name
Moko
Date/Period
Undated
Region
Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: 55 x 34 cm
Accession No.
1998-01383
Material
Brass
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Brass