hammer clapper

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

Classification: 1 Idiophones / 11 Struck idiophones
Maker: Unknown
Date: 20th c.
Country: Polska
Owner: The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw
Inventory number: PME 34114
Description: a wooden mechanical device, with a movable hammer fixed to a handle and striking a perpendicular small plank when shaken
Measurements: plank 250 x 90 mm, hammer 140 mm, handle 130 mm
Materials: wood, metal
Performance practice: formerly used to make ritual noise during the folk Koledari ceremonies, instead of church bells during the Holy Week, to frighten away animals during hunting, and to signal vigilance by night watchmen (in towns), nowadays also a toy
Catalog card by: Teresa Lewińska / Zbigniew J. Przerembski

Marek Ostrowski (Brańsk), hammer clapper; rec. Jacek Jackowski, Ciechanowiec 2012; ISPAN

Stanisław Klejnas, hammer clapper; rec. Piotr Dahlig, Raducz 1984; ISPAN

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