Chinese Drum

SOHS#2005.61.3

This large round Chinese drum has a skin covered head with metal tack accents. The body of the drum has a dark blue background with white Chinese mums painted on the sides. It is stamped Forever Peaceful Safe Co. with a street address in the city of Guangzhou also known as Canton. Chrysanthemums are considered one of the Four Gentelmen or Four Noble Ones; plum blossoms (winter), orchids (spring), bamboo (summer) and chrysanthemums (fall). These plants are depicted in imagery symbolizing the Chinese virtues of uprightness, purity, humility and perseverance against harsh conditions.

 

 

Chinese drum