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NOTES Ancient Japanese bronze bells of the Yayoi period, elliptical in cross-section with pointed ends, and in profile a tall trapezoid with a flat top, surmounted by a wide metal loop for suspension. They were cast in one piece, were highly decorated, and are believed to have served a ritual or symbolic rather than strictly musical function. A few surviving examples show signs of having held clappers.
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