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War Drum

Native NameChu-ko Ku
Object Number:C17A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: Han Dynasty
Date Made: Han Dynasty
Early Date: -206
Late Date: 220
Credit Line:Purchased from T. M. Huang, 1913
Other Number:Getz 103 - Other Number


War drum (Chu-ko-ku). Bronze with dark brown and green patina. Low circular shape with bulging shoulder and flat top. The incised decoration is centered by a 12 pointed star followed by intricate border devises in circular form. 4 suspension handles on shoulder.

These drums of the Shan tribes, along the Burmese frontier derived their name, Chu-ko drums, after the Chinese general Chu-ko Liang (Zhuge Liang 181-234 CE) , who invaded that country during the Minor Han dynasty (221-265 CE).

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of Oriental Art (12 Feb 1916) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 211 no.103View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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