Metal Alor Moko Drums
The Alor Island lies east off the Island of Flores. These 2 metal Moko drums which originally originated from Vietnam were particularly associated with the Abui tribe, and used in ceremonial dances in local villages.
They were also used as dowries, but the Abui say that these drums are a gift from the Gods which they find buried in the earth.
Historians believe that they were produced by the Vietnamese Dongson culture which had trade links with Indo-Malay archipelago over 2000 years ago.
It is also believed that Moko was produced by Javanese and Chinese, and were brought by traders to the Alor Island in the 19th Century.