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Huge antique bronze Rain Drum, currency drum w animals!

Huge antique bronze Rain Drum, currency drum w animals!

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1424827
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From East Java, Indonesia for the Alor, Flores Market ca. 17th.-19th. century, we think this one is early due to the execution and design combined with a fine thick natural patina.

A wonderful quality bronze Rain drum / currency drum, so large that it can be used as a small coffee table, the largest on display in our Trocadero shop..

This drum of cast bronze 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. On the fields of the sides of the large piece, animals like wild boar, lions and other creatures are vividly depicted in high relief.

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: 54 cm. tall and 32 cm. in diameter. Weight: ca. 7 kilograms!

Condition: Superb for type, slight bend of edge of tympanum but without losses or repairs. This particular drum with a wonderful very old almost black 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).