|Pottery Barn's Rain Drum $499 |
They date back to 2500 B.C. in northern Vietnam and Thailand, though examples have been found in China and India as well. The drums were made out of bronze using the lost-wax casting method. They are more properly known as Dongson drums but got the name rain drum because they were used by some tribes to beckon the rain, since the sound the drums made pleased the spirits in the nature surrounding them.
As different Asian populations took these drums into their cultures various motifs were created. Some images found on the drums include stars, frogs or other animals, geometric designs, and even ships. The ships were part of images that represented the passing the dead to the next world.
|This star with twelve rays represents the lunar calendar with it's twelve months|
|A frog motif is popular, so much so that the drums are sometimes called frog drums|
There's a famous rain drum in Bali with a pretty crazy story:
|The bronze drum on its side|
It's a sacred drum so no one is to touch it. Supposedly a man once struck the drum and fell ill the next day. We'll stick to the Pottery Barn version.