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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.

The flying bird "Chim Lac Viet"

The landing at the main entrance