103 ekiro

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bells: 3, brass; Dm. 6.4cm, 6.6cm, 8.8cm
with 3 pellets in the smallest one, 1 in the middle one, 2 in the biggest one

Used in geza (offstage ensemble) of kabuki. Originally used as a sound-making device hung around the necks of horses. Three or four bells are passed onto a metal ring and shaken. Used in performance to suggest the mood of traveling on roads and to accompany mago-uta (horseman songs).

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