A fire-lighting ritual was held for making a up-to-300-kg bronze drum by the Vietnam Association of Historical Sciences (VAHS) in Dong Don district, the north-central province of Thanh Hoa on April 18.
To make the 300-kg bronze drum, bronze blocks are completely melted into liquid and then slowly poured into a mould. (Photo: VNA)
To make the bronze drum named “Hao Khi Non Song” (Spirit of the Fatherland), bronze blocks were heated with sacred fire brought from Dong Co Temple inside a furnace at the bronze-casting workshop of craftman Thieu Quang Tung in Dong Son’s Dong Tien commune.
The bronze blocks melted completely when the temperature reached thousands of degrees Celsius and turned into liquid which was then slowly poured into a mould of Vietnamese bronze drum. This is the most important part of the traditional bronze-casting craft.
The bronze drum named "Hao Khi Dong Son" is handmade by craftmen at at the bronze-casting workshop in Dong Son's Dong Tien commune. (Photo: VNA)
The 100-cm-wide Hao Khi Dong Son is among 16 bronze drums to be hand-made by Thieu Quang Tung’s workshop under the traditional method to celebrate the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021 – 2026 tenue.
The drum is expected to be finished in May and will be presented to the NA for display at its building’s main hall.
Dong Son District is regarded as the cradle of the Dong Son Culture, dating back to 1,000 BC, in Vietnam. A number of bronze drums were discovered there in 1924, marking the first evidence of the civilisation’s existence./. VNA
For nearly 200 years, the art of drum-making has been handed down to generations of craftsmen from Binh An village who use their aural skills during the 20 manual phases required to make perfect products.
With jackfruit wood and buffalo leather, the talented craftsman can make drums, creating the sounds of life.