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Middle, Near, Far East

This is a large, round, wooden Iranian frame drum covered with goatskin on one side, and held with two hands and played with the fingers. This "daf " has a string of metal rings attached to each other in multiple rows, and gives a sympathetic sound when the drum is struck and swayed by the player. Many cultures in the Mediterranean also play dafs, however, in Egypt, it is referred to as a "duf ", which is considerably smaller and has no rings or jingles.

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