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Bronze Drum Culture Exhibition
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The bronze drum is a ritual musical instrument, which has been popular in southern China and Southeast Asia for over 2,000 years. During the long historical process of development, it has been closely connected with society, economy and cultural life of ethnic groups in the local area, which has in turn fostered the unique bronze drum culture. Once as a symbol of power, it has been widely used in exhibitions, rallies, allies, battle arrays, sacrifices, entertainment and funerals etc. as a sacrificial or entertainment tool. Meanwhile, the bronze drum is a type of comprehensive artwork, integrating smelting, casting, painting, sculpturing, music and dance into one organic whole. Its original shape and rich patterns reflect the then economic condition, cultural feature and mental quality of the ethnic groups that cast it. It can be reputed as an encyclopedia of nationality history. Up to now, over 2,000 bronze drums in various categories, spanning the late Spring and Autumn Period and the late Qing Dynasty, have been discovered in Guangxi. The number ranks the first in the world. From the Book of the Later Han, or Hou Han Shu in Chinese, numerous records can be found about the casting and using bronze drums in the Guangxi area. Till now, the bronze drum custom is still popular among minorities in Guangxi. The well-established bronze drum culture converges the ancestors' wisdom of all nationalities and shines the glory of Guangxi's civilization and history.

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