A bronze drum casting contest using traditional methods was launched on Monday in celebration of the 990th founding anniversary of the north-central province of Thanh Hoa (1029-2019).
|A bronze drum casting contest using traditional crafting methods was launched in Yen Dinh district, Thanh Hoa province on April 29. (Photo: truyenhinhthanhhoa.vn)
Dozens of artisans and skilled workers from the seven biggest local copper casting centres are participating in the competition. Five bronze drums are being made according to the Ngoc Lu drum version – one of the unique artifacts of the ancient Vietnamese cultural heritage – currently preserved at the Vietnam History Museum.
The Ngoc Lu drum which has been recognized as one of Vietnam’s national treasures is on display at the Vietnam History Museum. Its decorations feature musicians, stilt houses, people pounding rice, birds, animals, among others.
The drum has a face diameter of 60cm and height of 49cm. Once completed, it will weigh about 60kg.
Chairman of the Thanh Hoa Cultural Heritage and Antiques Association Ho Quang Son said the contest will help promote the traditional trade of bronze casting in Thanh Hoa.
After completion, the five drums will be put on display at the celebration day on May 8.By Thien Minh