According to Ly Kim Thoa, deputy director of Yen Bai Provincial Museum, based on the shape and decorative patterns used, the drum was most likely a very old example of the Dong Son civilisation’s Heger I type.
The drum is green and features sharp and fine decorative patterns. The construction work damaged the head of the drum and left a small hole there.
The artefact is being kept by Van Yen People’s Committee. It will soon be moved to the provincial museum. — VNS