Nama : NEKARA
Material : Perunggu
Ukuran : Diameter 76 cm
Asal : Nusa Tenggara
Era : -BCE – 25th Century
MUSEUM NASIONAL INDONESIA (Museum Gajah)
Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat no.12,
Jakarta Pusat, DKI JAKARTA 10110
Kettle Drum – 3364
Measurements Diameter: 76 cm.
Creator name: unknown
Where it was made: Indonesia; Nusa Tenggara; Sangeang Island
Time period: -BCE – 25th Century
Function: Used in rituals and ceremonies, including a calling for rain ceremony.
Owner: Museum Nasional
Museum: Museum Nasional
Why this is a masterpiece:
The drum is uniquely decorated with geometric motifs. The frog is a symbol of rain and prosperity.
History of the Object:
In Indonesia kettledrums have been discovered mostly along the sea trade routes and it is possible that they were originally used for barter. They became prestigious items, and were used in rituals and ceremonies, including calling for rain ceremonies.