This is a piece from a marble plate that was bought from Vietnam. It shows the bold,
intricately detailed face of a bronze Ngoc Lu drum, an artifact of the ancient Dong Son
civilization in Vietnam, dating from 500-1000 B.C.
The flying birds engraved on this drum motif are called "Chim Lac Viet" - a symbol of the Vietnamese
forbidden kingdom Lac Viet. The Vietnamese consider this ancient bird to be a historic icon,
dating back many thousands of years.