Full Circle

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Sieves, like the one shown, have been used for generations to aid the olive and almond harvests (just to name two examples of when it’s used) by straining dirt and other particles out from fruit that has fallen to the ground. When we see an antique sieve next to a tamburello, or Italian frame drum (as seen in the background here), it’s clear to see that the two are related. Frame drums are essentially sieves, yet covered with an animal skin, versus mesh netting. Skins come from sheep, goats, and even fish, depending on who makes the drum (a shepherd or a fisherman, for example). The jingles, or piattini, on the tamburello (also called tambourine in English) were traditionally made from the tops of tomato cans.

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