Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Crotals

Another ancient musical instrument  that dates to the Bronze Age was the crotal. This was a type of bell shaped liked the testicles of a bull.

The bronze crotal was hollow inside and would contain a stone or pebble that would produce a sound when the index finger was inserted through the ring at the top and then thrust forward from the hand.

Variations of sound could be produced by tapping the bell while lifting some of the fingers holding it.

Most of the crotals known today were found in a single hoard in County Offaly in Ireland. So if you'd like to try something different, maybe a crotal (or two) would suit you!

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