The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: Types, Iconography, Manufacture and Use (Studies in Asian art and Archaeology, 16)
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274 pp. (xx+235+23 plates), bibliography, illustrations, index. ex-library, no dust jacket, stamp on outside fore-edge, label on spine, stamp inside front cover, stamp on 1st blank page, label inside back cover. This text defines the development of the Karen Bronze Drums (Heger Type III) during the past 800 years, as the continuation, by a hill-tribe group, of the earlier "Dong Son" tradition. Its chronological development is traced through seven stages by applying a method of intensive motivic analysis to data collected from 370 drums. Four new subtypes are defined and their interrelationships are demonstrated by use of tables, figures and plates. The meaning of these motivic changes, together with early accounts of Karen culture, are used to establish that the drums were symbolically a "magic pond" that the Karen ritually manipulated to assure prosperity. Bookseller Inventory # 9004099336AMA032116
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About the Author: Richard M. Cooler, Ph.D. (1979) on Asian Art History, Cornell University, is Director of the Center for Burma studies, and Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University. His interests focus on the interrelationship of art and culture in Southeast Asia.
Title: The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: Types, ...
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
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