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frequently by females. We find it in the hands of Miriam, when she was celebrating with the Israelitish women in songs of joy the destruction of Pharaoh's host; and in the hands of Jephtha's daughter, when she went out to welcome her father. There exists at the present day in the East a small hand-drum called doff, diff, or adufe—a name which appears to be synonymous with the Hebrew toph.
The Sistru.m. Winer, Saalfchutz, and several other commen­tators are of opinion that the maiaantim, mentioned in 2 Sam. vi.
5, denotes the sistrum. In the English Bible the original is trans­lated cymbals.
Cymbals. The tzcllzclim, mdzilloth, and mctzilihaim, appear to have been cymbals or similar metallic instruments of per­cussion, differing in shape and sound.
Bells. The little bells on the vestments of the high-priest were called phaamon. Small golden bells were attached to the lower part of the robes of the high-priest in his sacred ministrations. The Jews have, at the present day, in their synagogues small bells fastened to the rolls of the Law containing the Pentateuch : a kind of ornamentation which is supposed to have been in use from time immemorial.
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