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:: Percussion instrument - Tsintsila

Tsintsila is an ancient Georgian percussion instrument that represents a couple of oval plates with handholds. The diameter of large plates is 40cm but the small ones’ 20cm. By their appearance, they look like usual plates. They are holed all around. That plays a great role in sound distributing.

The comparison of the old and new plates showed that the Tsintsila found during the excavations in the sepulchre has a better design and sound reproducing than the simple plates used in the modern (military) orchestras that do not have girdles of sound distributing and holes of sound balancing. Tsintsila is also mentioned in many ancient works of literature, for example in Shota Rustaveli’s immortal poem “Knight in the Panther’s Skin”.

Percussion instrument - Tsintsila

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