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Tabl Shamee

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Tabl Shamee
Small kettle drum

The name tabl shamee, signifying 'Syrian drum', indicates that this kind of drum was probably introduced into Egypt from Western Asia. It is usually made from tinned copper, with a parchment face.

The Egyptians use the Tabl shamee especially in bridal processions, and on similar festive occasions. The performer carries it suspended from his neck and beats it with two slender sticks.

Descriptive Catalogue of the Musical Instruments in the South Kensington Museum by Carl Engel Published 1870 - Available from Books.google.com