Dong Son drums (also called Heger Type I drums) are fabricated by the , in the of northern . The drums were produced from about 600 BC or earlier until the third century AD. The drums are one of the culture’s finest examples of .
The drums, cast in bronze using the method, are up to a meter in height and weigh up to 100 kg. Dong Son drums were apparently both and cult objects. They are decorated with , scenes of daily life and war, animals and birds, and boats. The latter alludes to the importance of trade to the culture in which they were made, and the drums themselves became objects of trade and heirlooms. More than 200 have been found, across an area from eastern to and parts of
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