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Red Indonesian Rattle Drum

SKU#  480313
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Why We Love It

Our Red Indonesian Rattle Drum from Bali is known for traditionally symbolizing communication and for its use in special occasions and rituals. Create a rhythmic beat by placing the handle in between both hands and twisting it back and forth to make its crisp sound. Handcrafted of mahogany wood with a brilliant hand-painted design, this unique musical instrument brings an eye-catching display to any tabletop or shelf.

Details & Dimensions

  • Handcrafted of hand-painted mahogany wood, leather, string and beads
  • WARNING: Choking hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Due to handcrafting, slight variations may occur
  • World Market exclusive
  • Made in Indonesia
3.15"Dia. x 8.27"H

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The Story Behind It

Indonesian Instruments: A Reflection of Cultural Diversity

The distinct array of musical instruments found throughout the Indonesian islands date back to the Bronze Age, with influences from Portugal, and the neighboring Middle East and India. Still used today, they typically include plucked and bowed strings, wind, and percussion instruments that are played alongside various performances. Hailing from islands like Java and Bali, Gamelan music - the most popular form of music throughout Indonesia - is made up of an ensemble of percussion instruments that accompany events such as traditional theater, ceremonies and even poetry readings.

As an integral part of communication, each instrument reflects how each island's culture differs. On the Rote Island, the sasando, a plucked string instrument, is played in order to bring harmony while advice is given to each seeker. Like in many other Asian countries, drums have age-old roots of being played in the background for births, deaths and other rituals. Equally unique, the careful craftsmanship that goes into each piece includes hand-painted art or carvings with vibrant creatures and designs that are one-of-a-kind to every island.