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19th C. Burmese Bronze "Karen" Rain Drum - Mating Frogs

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19th C. Burmese Bronze "Karen" Rain Drum - Mating Frogs
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Southeast Asia, Burma (modern day Myanmar), ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A Burmese bronze drum known as a "Karen Rain Drum" with an impressive decorative program, rich iconography, and quite a bit of character! The tympanum is adorned with an engraved concentric circular pattern surrounding a central many-pointed star, with four triple-layered decorative frogs positioned equidistantly around the rim. Around the body of the drum are additional intricate engraved decorations, twin double handles, and a precious procession of three miniature elephants ambulating down one side. Drums like this example are sometimes referred to as frog drums (as frogs are oftentimes associated with rain) and have been used in Southeast Asian cultural rituals for hundreds of years. In particular, the Karen people of Thailand and Burma have used such drums in funerary rituals to assist the deceased as they journey to the afterlife and in ceremonies to inspire spirits to bring about rainfall, hence the name Karen Rain Drum. Such bronze drum forms were originated by the Bronze Age Dong Son culture of ancient northern Vietnam during the later period of the Hong Bang Dynasty. Today these drums are highly valued by the Karen people of Thailand and Burma (modern day Myanmar). A wonderful example with a fabulous decorative program that is replete with layers of meaning and, might I add, has aged quite gracefully. Size: 25.625" W x 18.5" H (65.1 cm x 47 cm).

Provenance: Ex-Paul and Louise Bernheimer, Cambridge, MA and Laguna Woods, CA, acquired before 1980.

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#111871
Condition
Nicely aged surface with lovely patina. A small chip to upper rim and some denting to the lower body as shown.
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19th C. Burmese Bronze "Karen" Rain Drum - Mating Frogs

Estimate $700 - $900
Jan 28, 2016
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Starting Price $350
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0081G: 19th C. Burmese Bronze "Karen" Rain Drum - Mating Frogs

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Est. $700 - $900Starting Price $350
Asian / Ethnographic Art Bernheimer Estate
Jan 28, 2016 11:00 AM EST
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Lot 0081G Details

Description
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Southeast Asia, Burma (modern day Myanmar), ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A Burmese bronze drum known as a "Karen Rain Drum" with an impressive decorative program, rich iconography, and quite a bit of character! The tympanum is adorned with an engraved concentric circular pattern surrounding a central many-pointed star, with four triple-layered decorative frogs positioned equidistantly around the rim. Around the body of the drum are additional intricate engraved decorations, twin double handles, and a precious procession of three miniature elephants ambulating down one side. Drums like this example are sometimes referred to as frog drums (as frogs are oftentimes associated with rain) and have been used in Southeast Asian cultural rituals for hundreds of years. In particular, the Karen people of Thailand and Burma have used such drums in funerary rituals to assist the deceased as they journey to the afterlife and in ceremonies to inspire spirits to bring about rainfall, hence the name Karen Rain Drum. Such bronze drum forms were originated by the Bronze Age Dong Son culture of ancient northern Vietnam during the later period of the Hong Bang Dynasty. Today these drums are highly valued by the Karen people of Thailand and Burma (modern day Myanmar). A wonderful example with a fabulous decorative program that is replete with layers of meaning and, might I add, has aged quite gracefully. Size: 25.625" W x 18.5" H (65.1 cm x 47 cm).

Provenance: Ex-Paul and Louise Bernheimer, Cambridge, MA and Laguna Woods, CA, acquired before 1980.

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#111871
Condition
...
Nicely aged surface with lovely patina. A small chip to upper rim and some denting to the lower body as shown.

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