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173 chijin

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frame: wood; Th. 15.5cm
membranes: ox hide, Dm. 23.5cm
1 wooden beater

A double-headed drum widely used in folk performing arts of Amami. Wedges are inserted between the frame and tuning cords. The tension of the drumheads is regulated by hammering the wedges. A wooden beater with rounded tips are used. Played by either a single performer, or by two performers, one of whom holds the drum while the other strikes it.

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