Courtesy Yigael Yadin

Bronze cymbals (c. 14th century B.C.), measuring 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, were found in a bronze bowl in a Canaanite shrine in the lower city of Hazor. Similar intact specimens include a small loop of iron wire to be slipped over a finger affixed to the center of the cymbals. Cymbals, known from the middle of the third millennium onward, have been found at many sites in Israel. Cymbals are first mentioned in the Old Testament in the list of instruments on which David performed when the ark was brought up to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:5).