lithophone


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lithophone

An obsolete device for identifying concrements (stones) based on reflected sound, a precursor of ultrasonographic instruments.

lithophone

a device for detecting calculi in the bladder by sound; a forerunner of ultrasound devices.
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Idiophones are much in evidence: clay rattles, sistra, lithophones.
The sixty-five bells form a composite set, carefully arranged in a rack, and matched with another rack of thirty-two lithophones (also inscribed).
Bagley's essay on them, by far the longest contribution in the book, is as much the centerpiece of this volume as the bells and lithophones themselves are of the instruments excavated at Leigudun.
The first includes aspects of and problems with musical instrument classification systems as they pertain to archaeology; descriptions of musical artifacts in drawings; "excursions" into such musical and sound-making realms as lithophones, cult axes as signaling instruments, rattles for trance enducement, ear plugs as rattles, whistling devices, and synaesthetical imagination; descriptions of photographed artifacts and more "excursions" into Colombian and Venezuelan "sound plates" (ornaments), turtle shell instruments, wooden buzz sticks, a wooden rattle as an expression of a dualistic view of the world, the manner of affixing skins on drums, documentation of a rare stone panpipe known as the "Rawdon syrinx," and so on.