Reviving the ancient art of bronze drum casting

A farmer in Vietnam is steadily gaining a reputation for recreating the famous Dong Son style bronze drums, found ubiquitously all over Southeast Asia from 500 BCE.

Thanh Nien News, 01 March 2008

Ancient drums find new life
Thanh Nien News, 01 March 2008

Farmer-turned-artisan Thieu Quang Tung’s bronze drums, created in the image of ancient masterworks, have become the toast of historians and artists alike.

Vietnamese bronze drums date back to the times before Christ and the first Dong Son bronze drum – the ancient relic’s most famous model – was excavated over 80 years ago.

Read about Farmer Tung’s bronze drums here.

More books:
Dong Son Drums in Viet Nam
– Bronze Dong Son Drums by Ha Thuc Can
The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia (Cambridge World Archaeology) by C. Higham

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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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