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date: 18 November 2019


  • Laurence Libin


Finger cymbals of central Asia. They are documented from the Sassanid Empire (224–651 ce). The related name zanj is used for cymbals in Iraq. In Uzbekistan zang denotes a wrist or ankle bracelet with small brass or copper pellet bells, worn by dancing girls. Zang-i kaftar (‘dove bells’) are small metal pellet bells of northern Afghanistan; they are worn on the knuckles of lute players to accentuate rhythmic patterns. ...

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