Also known as Rain Drums, the Dongson drum originated from prehistoric Vietnam and through trade and migration, it made its way to the rest of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. It is believed that the first rain drum arrived in Indonesia about 2,500 years ago. In Bali the drums are often found in temples and used in religious ceremonies. In Alor Island, where the drums are known as ‘moko drums’, they function as dowry objects, which must be presented to the bride’s family before marriage.

Many symbols can be found on rain drums. The tympanum (top) of the drum often features a star in relief, usually with eight points. They are often surrounded by a geometric display of other symbols. Frogs and toads are also a common feature. Very often, four equally spaced frogs are positioned along the tympanum’s outer rim. Other animals, such as elephants, snakes, bulls and birds are also found on rain drums. Ships are also common items. Other drums record the daily lives of the people who made them, including farming scenes, performances and religious ceremonies.

Our replicas are based on an ancient pieces found in Indonesia, some of them belonging to the collection of the National Museum. They are made from bronze alloy in East Java using the original “lost-wax” method similar to the one used to produce the original.

We also carry other replica items such as priest’s bells, statues and figurines.