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The Moon of Pejeng

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The Moon of Pejeng is a colossal bronze kettledrum believed to be the largest bronze-age antiquity in the world, housed high in a pavilion at the rear of Pura Penataran Sasih about six kilometres west of Ubud.

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Similar (though not as large) metal drums have been found from China through Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and as far as west as Papua New Guinea possibly originating with the ?ông S?n culture (700-500BC—300AD) in northern Vietnam. The drums were both musical instruments and cult objects as well as articles of trade.

Meet the Moon of Pejeng Photo taken in or around The Moon of Pejeng, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Meet the Moon of Pejeng Photo: Sally Arnold

The origins of this particular drum are unclear, evidence of bronze casting in Bali around the same time has been found, however neither copper nor tin to make bronze is found on the island. The local legend for its origin affords it the epithet “The Moon of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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