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date: 14 November 2019

Khashaba [khishba, khshba]locked

  • Jeremy Montagu


[khishba, khshba]

Hourglass drum of southern Iraq. It is narrow, 30 to 35 cm long, made of lemon, apricot, or similar wood (or for economy nowadays often of pottery), the upper part of the body cylindrical with a slightly reduced upper section where the sheepskin head, 6 to 11 cm in diameter, is glued in place. There is a slight waist, sometimes with an integral handle projecting at the side, and a slightly flared base. It is struck by the fingers, sometimes held upright in one hand and played by the other, sometimes held under one arm and played by both hands. It is found mainly among the Tziganes but owing to television it is now known also in Baghdad....

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