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The zither was a stringed instrument with a flat box as its resonating body. It was played by plucking its strings, usually on a table.[2]


The use of the zither was gaining more and more popularity in Faerûn around 1367 DR,[1] while it was long established in the lands of Zakhara.[3][4] Zakharan rawuns also used the variants of the lap zither[5] and the qanun.[6][7]

Religious significanceEdit

The zither was the symbol of the Zakharan deity of music, Bala. In religious iconography, the goddess herself was depicted playing that instrument.[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 22. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blake Mobley (1992). The Complete Bard's Handbook. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 87, 90, 95. ISBN 1-56076-360-4.
  3. Lisa Smedman (February 1994). “Magic to a Different Beat”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #202 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 10–14.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), p. 53. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  5. Nicky Rea (1994). Corsairs of the Great Sea (Adventures in the Corsair Domains). (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 978-1560768678.
  6. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Fortunes and Fates). (TSR, Inc), p. 55. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  7. Jeff Grubb (February 1993). “Sounds of Wonder & Delight”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #190 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 84–88.

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