Fǎn xiàng gǔ

Name: Fǎn xiàng gǔ.
Type: Double Sided Drum > Membranophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#:
Country: China.
Region: Far East Asia.

Description: The Fǎn xiàng gǔ [in Chinese: 反向古] very rare and unusual drum. The detailed iconography on both sides of the drum is reflective of the tong or secret society to which the drum has its use in. Local people questioned about the drum say they cannot speak of it. Suggesting that it may have belonged to one of the local Chinese secret societies.

Construction: The drum itself is made of a very solid wood frame with central cross bracing. It is secured with a couple of square nails and the skin is fastened with tacks. The highly detailed painted design is of two dragons. The stand is newer than the drum.References cannot be found of similar rectangular Chinese drums, however, there were drums almost identical in size and shape, but without a painted hide, used in Japanese archery competitions.

Citations: Randy Raine-Reusch @ Asza.com [Fanxiang Gu article]

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