The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
an Ossetian percussion instrument. The kartsganag is a type of rattle, with 3–9 rectangular plates fastened loosely with a thong. When shaken the plates hit against each other, emitting a nonresonant clicking sound.
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