A rare and beautiful Dong Son civilization (circa 2nd Century BCE) ritual drum that evokes a sense of mystery and soulfulness. The prominent symbol is a twelve pointed star that sits atop the tympanum. Interlocking S-shaped spirals decorating the cylindrical base are still visible while other markings have faded. There are two pairs of double-banded handles (on 3 handles only the a single band remains) with a plaited rope pattern. “Rain drums”, as these ritual drums have come to be called, were used in shamanic ceremonies to call the rains and other fertility rituals throughout many parts of Southeast Asia.