Condition Report For Lot# 742 :
17th and 18th century versions of such a drum fetch several thousand dollars. We find several web-sites offering new faithful reproductions, made with original methods, and selling for 1500 to 2000 dollars. According to legend, a person who owned one of these 'Dong Son', was considered richer than a man who owned an elephant. With the drum he could communicate with the Gods and appeal for abundant rain. We find this to be a faithful copy of original designs exhibited in several Asian art museums. Cast in several pieces and brazed together. Great green patina. Heavy for shipping. Diameter 26", Ht 19"