ritual scepter

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Local name: berło obrzędowe (ritual scepter), marszelnik
Classification: 1 Idiophones / 11 Struck idiophones / 112 Indirectly struck idiophones / 112.1 Shaken idiophones or rattles
Maker: Markowski Marek
Date: 1974
Village / Town: Kielce
Region: Lesser Poland (Świętokrzyskie)
Country: Poland
Owner: Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Szydłowiec
Inventory number: MLIM/MS/1195
Description: a ritual music tool; made of a handle (wrapped with string) with three branches, each with a clapper bell
Decoration: color wool pompoms on top of each of the scepter’s branch
Measurements: 320 mm
Materials: wood, metal, wool, string
Performance practice: an attribute of ritual wedding figures (marshal, best men); used in the Lubelskie province; it was shaken to produce ringing to accompany singing
Catalog card by: Olga Dyba / Zbigniew J. Przerembski

Katarzyna Zedel, ritual scepter (marszelnik); rec. Szydłowiec 2015; MLIM

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