Tar (drum)

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COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Lijsttrom TMnr 3827-29.jpg
Percussion instrument
Classification Frame drum
Hornbostel–Sachs classification211.311
(Directly struck membranophone)
Illustration of an Egyptian tár with zills. The frame is covered with tortoiseshell and nacre.[1]

The tar (Arabic: طار‎) is an ancient, single-headed frame drum. It is commonly played in the Middle East and North Africa. The tar's drumhead is struck with one hand.

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  1. ^ Lane, Edward William (1860) [1836]. An Account of the Manners and Customs of Modern Egyptians (5th ed.). London: John Murray Publishers. p. 366.

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