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Slit drum with handle in the shape of a lion
Place of Origin: Indonesia, East Java
Date: 1324
Materials: Bronze
Style or Ware: Majapahit
Dimensions: H. 14 in x Diam. 3 in, H. 35.6 cm x Diam. 7.6 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Johnson S. Bogart
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Metal Arts
Object Number: 2010.553
On Display: No

Description

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Slit bronze drums like this one were modeled after large wooden drums of the same shape. Wooden drums carved out of the trunks of large trees and hung in pavilions in village centers served as important means of communication between villages throughout Indonesia. Though modeled after the wooden ones, the bronze drums probably had some kind of ceremonial rather than utilitarian purpose. Similar drums have been found in caches that contained ritual paraphernalia.

The body of this drum is decorated with geometric and floral motifs. It is topped with a rearing lion bearing the year 1324 on its chest.


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Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007
Label:

Slit bronze drums like this one were modeled after large wooden drums of the same shape. Wooden drums carved out of the trunks of large trees and hung in pavilions in village centers served as important means of communication between villages throughout Indonesia. Though modeled after the wooden ones, the bronze drums probably had some kind of ceremonial rather than utilitarian purpose. Similar drums have been found in caches that contained ritual paraphernalia.

The body of this drum is decorated with geometric and floral motifs. It is topped with a rearing lion bearing the year 1324 on its chest.


Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007