Ancient Greek Clapper

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by Mark Cartwright
published on 22 June 2012
A reconstruction of the clapper (Krotala), an ancient percussion instrument made from cane, shell, wood or metal. Usually held in each hand with thumbs and middle finger through the leather loops for stability, they were played much like Spanish castanets. Played to keep tempo, they usually accompanied choruses in festivals and theatre performances.(Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, Katakolon, Greece).

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