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Kettle Drum
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The drum is uniquely decorated with geometric motifs. The frog is a symbol of rain and prosperity.

History of the Object
In Indonesia kettledrums have been discovered mostly along the sea trade routes and it is possible that they were originally used for barter. They became prestigious items, and were used in rituals and ceremonies, including calling for rain ceremonies.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Diameter: 76 cm. 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Nusa Tenggara; Sangeang Island 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
BCE 25th century ~ BCE 25th century 
Creation date
BC; 2500 BC, Palaeometallic 
Function
Used in rituals and ceremonies, including a calling for rain ceremony. 
Acquisition
unknown 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Nasional 
Museum
National Museum of Indonesia 
Credit line
 

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