Asian Bronze Rain Drums

By | September 17, 2013

Asian Bronze Rain Drums

 

The History of Asian Bronze Rain Drums

The earliest Asian bronze rain drums discovered were found in Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam, and have been accurately dated as being circa. 1,500B.C., it is however widely acknowledged that in fact they originated from Yunnan Province, China up to 1,000 years earlier!.

Following their arrival in Vietnam, the bronze rain drums then started to be seen throughout Southeast Asia including Laos, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand and extensively throughout Indonesia in all these countries they can still be found in use today.

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Asian Bronze Rain Drums

The Asian bronze rain drums are believed to contain an array of Lucky Spirits ,that range from fertility,wealth, through to death (they were often placed in the burial mounds along with the corpse) and finally for providing luck that will ensure that a good harvest prevails each year.

The reason that frogs are depicted on many of them is because the Thunder God is afraid of frogs because the frogs subdue the God !. Others believe that the frogs also represent rain: “during April the frogs croak loudly, and people feel happy !”.

Other animals that adorn different drums are typically birds, elephants, cows, fish & snails which would have been all creatures that the original ancient makers would have had daily contact with, and so were added and have been present ever since!.

There is certainly a wonderful & eerie sound created when they are struck by the heavy monsoon rains of Southeast Asia.

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Asian Bronze Rain Drums

The drums go under several different names,they are generally known as Asian rain drums, in Thailand they are known as Thai Bronze Rain Drums, in Vietnam as Dong Son Rain Drums (after the area they were first discovered in), In Laos they are called Laos Style Rain Drums.

The best examples of modern day reproduction Asian bronze rain drums are made by use of a cast with the same lost wax technique as the ancients employed, allowing sculpturing & perfection down to the smallest detail. The drums are constructed of an alloy of five different metals in varying percentages, the metals in order of importance are bronze,tin,zinc,lead & iron.

Asian Bronze Rain Drums

The extensive range of Asian bronze rain drums we supply are all made to this exacting standard. Each piece within our range is made individually by our Thai master artisans. The craftsmanship involved creates slight variations in color, finish, size, and shape – a quality we consider to be an added touch of uniqueness with no two items ever being exactly the same!.
Asian Bronze Rain DrumsThe remarkable detail of our bronze sculptures is due to meticulous and labor-intensive care by Thai craftsmen to produce these unique sculptures of exquisite detail and timeless durability.

Buffing, polishing, and patinising give each piece its final green-grey verdigris or bronze lustre.

They are now supplied all around the world, and are typically used as either unique garden features, or as a base for the ultimate in glass topped coffee tables within the home, utilising the frog embellishments that are an integral part of the Asian Bronze Rain Drum construction.

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Asian Bronze Rain Drums

Asian Bronze Rain Drums

Asian Bronze Rain Drums

Asian Bronze Rain Drums

Rain Drums, also known as Bronze Drums, are functional objects with a higher purpose. Originally crafted as tribal drums used in Southeast Asian rituals, their hollow bronze shape transforms the sound of monsoon rains into music. The characteristics that once endowed these drums with sacred power now make them objects of great aesthetic and acoustic beauty.

Rain Drums originated with the Dong Son culture in Southeast Asia, dating as far back as the mid-to-late Bronze Age (1,000–700 BC). Metal workers poured and set molten bronze in a cast, freed the hardened drums from their molds, then carved them with intricate motifs as the metal cooled. The art of sculpting bronze drums remains a refined skill, acquired over many years and passed on through apprenticeships.

Long associated with water and rain, the drums were at one time used in boats to keep time for oarsmen and signal to other ships. In Southeast Asian ritual, rain drums were played to make music for spirits and communicate with ancestors. The intricate patterns on the tops of rain drums reference creatures associated with the rainy season. Toads and frogs, for example, are water creatures that symbolize the moon. Geometric motifs, such as eight-pointed stars or wheels with 12 spokes, are often inscribed on the drums to bring luck.

Families that owned rain drums were blessed with wealth and power. The ability to offer music to the rain gods implied a measure of control over agrarian China’s most valuable resource. As the incarnation of female yin and male yang, rain was not only important to physical sustenance, but spiritual survival as well. Even today, rain drums are highly valued objects. Prized for their longevity, rain drums combine the yang attribute of strength with the yin quality of delicate beauty.

In modern gardens, rain drums continue to fulfill their age-old purpose, echoing the music of rainfall. Bronze drums can also be used indoors as tables, stools, and plant stands. The graceful combination of opposites that ancient craftsmen used to evoke the harmony of yin and yang now appeals to contemporary designers for similar reasons-bronze drums are durable yet delicate, a striking balance of form and function.

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