UH80001 Burmese Karen Frog Drum, tribute drum in bronze, often called “rain drums” referring to their function of being sounded to call for rain, ornamented with two stacked frogs placed at four equidistant points on the tympanum, center decorated with a 12 pointed relief star, surrounded by 15 decorated bands, side double strap handles used to suspend the drum when struck, side bearing a decorated raised procession of two elephants,, followed by three snails down one side with an additional two vertical opposing side “seams”. Variegated greenish bronze patina. Various signs of wear: minor staining, two top frogs with beaks missing, the rest intact, thin base cracks and losses, overall fine condition. 17-1/2" High x 22-1/8" in diameter. Late 19th. Century.
Ex Collection: Mike Magerowski, Laurel, MD by descent from John Magerowski, Worcester, MA (purchased in Vientiane, Laos in the years between 1966 and 1970 while in service to the U.S. Department of State)