This stunning reproduction thai bronze rain drum is made of cast bronze, by the centuries old method of lost wax technique, and has intricate details carved all around both the body & top. The top also contains 4x raised frog shapes, just perfect to add a glass table top to, or just use the rain drum as a garden feature. Over the years, competing assertions have been made that the rain drum originated in china, india, thailand, or vietnam. It would appear that interpretations of the significance of archeological discovers have often been influenced by national pride.The rain drum is now believed by most independent scholars to have originated in northern vietnam in the fifth century bc. Some have asserted an origin dating back to 2500 b. Although scientific evidence to support this claim is preliminary. The best conclusion is that bronze casting began in southeast asia (most likely in vietnam and thailand) and was later borrowed by the chinese and other cultures. In truth, the entire region can be proud of the accomplishments of the dongson culture for these people occupied an area that encompasses parts of present-day vietnam, thailand, and south china.
These bronze rain drums are also called frog and kha drums, and the purpose behind their creation appears to be related to the idea of fertility. The drums are always decorated with frogs, symbols of water and rain, on the perimeter of the top (tympanum). Other decorations are included in concentric rings on the tympanum where a star pattern is found at the center. The designs range from zoomorphic to geometric motifs, but all are interpretable as fertility symbols, and the booming of the drum, whether set on the ground or suspended by its handles is likened to the roar of distant thunder or the bellow of a bullfrog, harbingers of rain. The bands incorporating short parallel lines are said to represent rice stalks; the single or double strands of interlaced undulating lines formed into ovals are rice grains; the concentric circle motifs are snails; the lozenges are paddy fields; and the central star is the life-giving sun.Other motifs employed include aquatic birds, fish, and rosette type flower patterns. All these are linked to a rich, watered earth and agricultural fertility, which tends to foster the belief that the drums were originally the product of a farming society. In fact, it is believed one of their original functions was as a magical means of calling down the rain necessary for successful rice production. These beautiful, iconic works of south-east asian art are now, affordable, available. The drum measures approximately 60cm dia. Wide x 45cm high 24 dia.
Wide x 18.5 high, and weighs 37kgs(84lbs). This item is made of bronze and alloy.