From East Java, Indonesia for the Alor, Flores Market
ca. 17th.-19th. century.
A wonderful quality bronze Rain drum / currency drum, so large that it can be used as a small coffee table.
This drum of cast brass is known as a moko. It has an hourglass shape that is decorated with concentric circles and four pierced handles that are placed equidistant around the upper body. The top of the drum is enclosed with a disk of sheet brass to serve as the tympanum. The other end is open.
These drums have been used as prestige object, as marriage gift and would also have been used in rituals thoughout history. In the later periods used as currency (Dutch actually accepted payment in the currency!)
Size: 53 cm. tall and 30 cm. in diameter. Weight: ca. 5,5 kilograms.
Condition: Superb for type, without losses or repairs. This particular drum with an exceptional brass and bronze patina!
Reff. Mokos are illustrated in (Taylor & Aragon, 1991, p. 218) and Meulenbeld et al (1988, p. 204). A very similar, plainer variety example attributed to the 19th century is illustrated in Granucci (2005, p. 197).