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Double-sided clappers (kartal style). Wooden body is shaped like two large-headed fish with tails joining at the object’s concave middle. Eyes are carved, as are parallel lines decorating the tails. At centre sits an upright metal ring with bead at top. Each fish holds two metal disks in its mouth that clang together when the instrument is shaken. Bottom of clapper is flat and undecorated.

History Of Use

The kartal is a traditional (unpitched) percussion musical instrument used in South Asia, particularly in northern India. This small, hand held instrument was created in the style of those from the northwest of the Indian sub-continent, specifically Gujarat and Rajasthan.


The instrument was purchased by the donor from an antique dealer in Ahmadabad, Gujarat, c. 1980.

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