The ''seistron'' (rattle)

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The ''seistron'' (rattle)


It was an ancient percussion instrument, from wood, metal, clay or their combination, with varied, penetrating and vague sound that accompanied the rhythm in the religious processions.

It usually consisted of a handle and U-shaped frame that had either moving parallel rods (striking in its walls), or constant rods with moving perforated noise-making objects.

The executor held it in vertical position and shook it or rocked it rhythmically.

SOURCES: "M.L. West, Ancient Greek music", "Solon Michailidis, Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greek Music", Pollux, Onomasticon".