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Large Early Flores-Javanese Kettle Currency Drum (Moko)

Large Early Flores-Javanese Kettle Currency Drum (Moko)

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1424826
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From East Java, Indonesia for the Alor, Flores Market ca. 18th. century or somewhat earlier.

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 gifts 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: ca. 51 cm. tall and 30 cm. in diameter. Weight: ca. 5,5 kilograms.

Condition: Superb for type, without losses or repairs. This particular drum with a nice rich dark brown 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 see Granucci (2005, p. 197).