Bambir [bambirn, pandïr, pandïrn](i)
- Jonathan McCollum
[bambirn, pandïr, pandïrn]
Plucked chordophone of medieval Armenia. It was used by gusanner (entertainers) in theatrical performances, weddings, funerals, and other rites and feasts. The Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi refers to the bambir in his History of Armenia (474 ce). Some modern scholars believe the bambir might have been a concussion idiophone, similar to castanets....