Cymbala (Lat., from Gk. kumbalon)
- James W. McKinnon
- and Hélène La Rue
(1) A type of ancient cymbals (an Idiophone). Ancient cymbala were a pair of small, plate-shaped or more often cup-shaped bronze cymbals. (SeeCymbals and Tympanum (i) for illustrations.) They were associated in Greco-Roman culture with orgiastic religious rites, where they played ecstasy-inducing music together with the tympanum and the ...