The tympanum is part of a ‘rain’drum of ‘Heger I’ type. One concentric band of flying birds encircles the central star. All designs are highly stylized. They are no longer crisp which betrays heavy usage of the tympanum over more then one generation.The fact that only one band with figurative designs is left, rather then two or three, points to a late production date within the second phase of the Dông Son bronze casting tradition. This dating is strengthened by the fact that the cast designs are highly stylised. The thinness of the bronze and the medium size of the tympanum are as well characteristics typical for later periods. All these features make us consider the drum to be a product of the second to first century BC.
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