Sheila Pham and James Nguyen visits the AGNSW to see the two Dong Son drums in their storerooms. We chatted with Matt Cox and Kerry Head around concepts of borders, lived economies, knowledge sharing and knowledge production when working with museums and their public collections.
Described as a Dong Son Bronze Frog Drum, this example was acquired from the Kha Laware Hill People, Laos. The drum was first registered in 1978.
Curiously, the drum was displayed with a few taxidermy examples of "Frogs of the Greater Mekong in Asia." Dr Jodie Rowley and colleagues from the Australian Museum have discovered 20 new Mekong frog species along the Mekong River since 2006. It was a nice juxtaposition of the Bronze Age and the biological sciences.
A link to The Australian Museum blog: https://australianmuseum.net.au/blogpost/science/our-global-neighbours-frog-drum