Round tambourine (wood, skin)

Round tambourine (wood, skin)
Pandero redondo, Medinaceli (Soria, España). Lydia Zarceño. 'Copyleft' Luis Á. Payno y Lydia Zarceño

Round tambourine (wood, skin)

Skin and wood are the materials this tambourine is made with. It was found among the ruins of a house on the outskirts of Medinaceli. Its main feature is that its skin, goat, still has its original hair on the outside, although some has been lost over time.

It is highly likely that the support onto which the skin is mounted and nailed came from an old sieve or sifter, which was used to separate the grains or aggregates of a certain size depending on the size of the holes made in the stretched out skin. These same sieves, even with holes already made, could also be used as tambourines.

Round tambourines of different sizes are used in traditional music. The larger ones were played with a stick or rod and the smaller ones, called timbrels, directly with the hands. Different kinds of shakers were fixed around the edge to reinforce the sound, usually pieces of tin, rattles or bells.

Round tambourines appear in iconography from ancient times, and can be seen in sculptures

Sound of round tambourine: click on black triangle