|The Muong ethnic group have a population estimated of about one million people; most of them reside in Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa provinces.|
|Their language is considered of Viet-Muong with regional culture which has many factors equivalent to old Vietnamese people. Nowadays, they still keep typical traditional culture and very Vietnamese features, in which Trong dong (Heger type I drum) is an important material evidence of the Viet-Muong culture. At present, Heger type I drum is rarely used eventhough its sound of echo still can be found in many traditional types of art.
This drum was discovered and researched in Ba Thuoc district, Thanh Hoa province. Scientists determined that This drum is Heger II (or Muong drum), dated about the I-III century AD and motifs on the surface of drum reflect a small part of contemporary life, especially, the eight-pointed star on the center as the symbol of the sun, the around images reflect daily life activities of the community and animal via decorative motifs …
Kettledrum of Muong ethnic group
It is 21cm height, 26.5cm surface diameter and 26.8cm bottom diameter. The kettledrum was discovered at the T-junction of Dong Tam commune, Ba Thuoc district, Thanh Hoa province. The date of the drum (grade II) is about the I-III century AD.