Stone gong unearthed in Vietnam

Another lithophone discovered in Vietnam. Although I wonder why they would ask an ethnomusicologist about the stone source for making the lithophone – wouldn’t a geologist be more appropriate?

Ancient musical instrument found in Dong Nai province
Voice of Vietnam News, 18 July 2009

A musical instrument called the “dan da” (lithophone) dating back 3,000 years has been found in the Dinh Quan district of southeastern Dong Nai province.

Director of the Dong Nai Museum Tran Quang Toai said that the instrument has five resonant stone slabs with the biggest slab being 75-cm long and 15-cm wide, and the smallest, 45-cm long and 10-cm wide.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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