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Ahianmwen-Oro Benin Empire, 16th-19th century The Metropolitan Museum of Art “Hand-held clappers are among a vast and varied category of ‘self-sounding’ musical instruments, known collectively as idiophones, that produce sound without the addition of a stretched membrane or a vibrating string or reed. The most common form of clapper in the Benin corpus consists of a cylindrical shaft surmounted by the figure of a long-beaked bird with outstretched wings, such as this example. They are played…

Hand-held clappers are among a vast and varied category of 'self-sounding' musical instruments, known collectively as idiophones, that produce sound without the addition of a stretched membrane or a vibrating string or reed

Water Drum by the Iatmul people from Papua New Guinea, Middle Sepik region, Mindimbit village, 19th-early 20th century. Wood and fibre | Metropolitan Museum of Art

Water Drum / Papua New Guinea / / Middle Sepik region, Mindimbit village, Iatmul people / Wood, fiber

Haida Bird Mask from the 19th–20th century. Wood (cedar), paint, feathers, copper, whalebone, string, iron nails. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Bird Mask from century, British Columbia. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Haida culture, British Columbia)

Terracotta rattle in the form of a pig 2nd Century AD Mid Imperial Roman The pig’s back is inlaid with chunks of coloured glass. (Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

rattle in the shape of a pig Mid-Imperial Date: century A. Culture: Roman Medium: Terracotta, glass Dimensions: H. length 3 in.

Collection | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This playful, now obsolete, Javanese instrument combines antiquated tuned, knobbed bronze bars with a dragon-shaped frame, designed to appeal to European collectors. A trough beneath the bars serves as a resonating chamber

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dragon dog by da-bu-di-bu-da on DeviantArt

Raven Rattle  19th century  Skidegate, British Columbia; Haida  Cedar, pebbles, polychrome

Raven rattle Date: century Geography: Skidegate, British Columbia, Canada Culture: Native American (Tsimshian) Medium: Cedar, pebbles, polychrome

Mi-gyaung    Date:late 19th century  Geography:Myanmar (formerly Burma)  Culture:Burmese  Medium:Wood, gold leaf

Mi gyaung is a crocodile-shaped fretted, plucked zither with three strings that is used as a traditional instrument in Burma.

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