From East Java, Indonesia for the Alor, Flores Market ca. 19th. century
Of Laquered bronze and brass with remnants of gilt (?)
A nice pair of matching bronze Rain drum / currency drums.
These drums of cast bronze are known as a mokos. 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 both, animals 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: 45 and 34 cm. tall and 20 and 22 cm. in diameter. Weight: ca. 4,5 and 2 kilograms!
Condition: Choice, a little wear and tear and patina, the smaller basically intact, the larger with one handle partly missing.
Reff. Mokos are illustrated in (Taylor & Aragon, 1991, p. 218) and Meulenbeld et al (1988, p. 204).