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Drum

Asian Art

This waisted drum is one of the earliest examples of musical instruments from the eastern Eurasian steppes in northeast China. The decorated end was originally covered with a membrane of thin animal skin that served as a resonator.

MEDIUM Bronze
DATES 7th century B.C.E.
DIMENSIONS 9 x 5 7/8 in. (22.9 x 14.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2003.82.1
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Drum, 7th century B.C.E. Bronze, 9 x 5 7/8 in. (22.9 x 14.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 2003.82.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 2003.82.1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Hollow bronze drum, with narrow waist and large open circular ends. The piece is undecorated except for three concentric bands of repeated triangles alternating with incised lines at one end. Mottled green patination. Condition: Very good This waisted drum is one of the earliest examples of musical instruments from the eastern Eurasian steppes in northeast China. The decorated end was originally covered with a membrane of thin animal skin that served as a resonator. Compare the geometric decoration of the steppes with the coiled-serpent pattern on the "Tripod Food Vessel" from central China to the right (69.164.14) and the design of a heraldic bird and two flanking tigers on the "Bell" from southwest China to the left (2003.3.1). (Gallery Chat Label, 2005)
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (82%)
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