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REBATE—REBEC

destroyed by Jenghiz Khan in the 13th century, has the four pegs in the side of the head. Finally, we find the instrument on the


From Marc. Aurel. Stein, Ancient Khatan, by permission of the Clarendon Press. FIG. 3.-Pear-shaped rebab, Flo. 4.-Spoon-shaped from Khotan. 1 rebab, from Khotan.

doorway of the Hopital du Moristanl (Cairo), carved work of the I th centu

3In all tlhliese examples it is noteworthy that the strings are vibrated biy plucking them with the fingers, not by means of the bow, the use o which, in con]unction with those structural features, constitutes the violation of an acoustic principle, and therefore accounts for the failure of the instrument as Rebab and its successful development as Lute. There are, however, two early examples of bowed rebabs of Byzantine ori in to be cited. A pear shaped rebab, held like a violoncello and played by means of a very long and slender bow, is carved on one of the reliefs of an ivory casket of Italo-Byzantine work of the 8th or 9th century, belonging to the Carrand Collection, Florence (see REBEC). Another bowed instrument, of still earlier date, is to be seen among the wonderful mural paintings of the necropolis and monastery of Baouitf assigned to the 8th century at the latest, but probably dating from the 6th or 7th.

The examination of all these representations of the rebab, ranging from iooo B.C. to the 15th century A.D., tends to show that the instrument had its origin in the East, and was widely distributed over Asia Minor, India and Persia before the 6th century A.D. Similar archaeological documents of the middle ages suggest the possibility that we are not indebted to the Arabs alone for the introduction of the rebab and bow and of the lute into Europe by way of Spain, early in the 8th century, but that they had probably already made their way into southern and central Europe from the East through the influence of the Byzantine Empire and of the Christian East generally. It is clear also that the instruments of the rebab type were at first twanged with the fingers, and the bow was apparently not invented for the rebab but only applied to it. All arguments in favour of including the rebab among the ancestors of the violin on the score of the bow lose their force, and as the rebab possessed no structural feature in common with the violin the question may be considered settled negatively.

For the European development of the rebab, see REBEC. (K. S.)


REBATE (Fr. rabat, from rabattre, to beat back), a term used in commerce, banking, &c. In banking, a rebate is an allowance made to a drawee taking up a bill of exchange before it is due. This allowance is the interest on the unexpired period of the bill, and in practice may be either a fixed or arbitrary rate; more often it is § %, about the usual bank deposit rate. In commerce, rebate is sometimes used to mean discount allowed for prompt payment; it is often equivalent to drawback, i.e. the repayment of part of the duty on imported goods when such goods are subsequently exported in their original or in another form. By the Customs Consolidation Act, 1853, a rebate or deduction is allowed at the custom-house from the fixed duties on certain kinds of goods, on account of damage or loss sustained in warehouses.

  • See Prisse d'Avennes, L'Art arabe d'apres les monuments du

Caire du vii* an xviii" siecle (Paris, 1877). The unnumbered plates are to be identified by the list given at the beginning of the work.

For the illustration, see Jean Clédat, “Le monastery et la nécropole de Baouit, " Mém. de l'Inst. fr. d'archéol. orient. du Caire, tome xii., 190 Chapelle, xviii. pl. lxiv. (2). Descriptive text, 92. o the

See also articile “ Baouit ” by the same author, descriptive paintings in F. Cabrol's Diet. d'arch. chrét. et de liturgie (Paris, 1907), asc. xii. B., p. 250b


REBEC, or REBECK (Med. Fr. rnbebe, rebelle, rebec, gigne; Ger. Rnbeba, Rebek, Geige, Lyra; Ital. ribeba, ribeca, lyra; Sp. rabel, rabeca, rave, rabé), a medieval stringed instrument played with a bow, derived from the Oriental rebab. Like the rebab (q.v.), the rebec assumed at first one of two forms-the pear shaped body with a wide base, strung with three strings, or the long, narrow pear- or boat-shaped body with two strings and, in addition, the other Oriental characteristics of the rebab, i.e. the vaulted back, the absence of ribs and pegs set in the back of the head. Except for the addition of a fingerboard, what is now recognised as the rebec underwent no structural development and never entered the domain of art. When the guitar-fiddle and the oval vielle with five strings made their appearance in Europe, apparently during the 11th century, a number of hybrids combining characteristics of both types of construction spread rapidly over western Europe.

A spoon-shaped instrument, in most cases Without neck, the head being joined directly to the wide shoulders of the body, must not be confounded with these hybrids; the compass and which sometimes had but one

extremely limited. What the

the various ages is not known,

rebab and rebec, from wh ich it

the body. The present writer

capabilities of the instrument,

single string, must have been

naine of the instrument was in

but it may be classed with the

only differs in the outline of

discovered an Oriental archetype on a small terra-cotta figure3 in the style of the Gandhara school, unearthed at Yotkan on the site of the ancient Khotan. The round head is fastened directly to the shoulders, the three strings are thrown into relief by deep indentations, the bridge tail-piece has three notches. The instrument (assigned to some period between the 5th and 8th centuries A.D.) may be compared with the European medieval type, such, for instance, as the bowed spoon-shaped rebec on the capital of the left pillar in the miniature4 of King David and his musicians, belonging to the:10th-century psalter of Labeo Notker at St Gallen; also with the musicians' lyra on the western doorway of the church at Moissan;5 and with the British Museum Add. MS. 17333, in which several of these spoon-shaped, neckless instruments are to be found. The pear-shaped rebec with wide base was in all probability introduced into Europe through the Byzantine Empire, and the narrow boat-shaped by the Moors byway of Spain. The first of these types is represented on one of the sides of an ivory casket of Italo-Byzantine workmanship preserved among the Carrand Collection° in the Palazzo del Podesta in Florence. It belongs to the same group as the Veroli casket at the South Kensington Museum, all of which are assigned to the 9th century at the latest. The pear-shaped rebec on the ivory casket, although like all rebecs it had no separate neck, was elongated to form one, and terminated in a lozenge-shaped head all in one piece with back and neck, the soundboard being cut to the same outline and glued to the back. There were four strings to these rebecs, of which there are many examples in English MSS. from the 11th century. One of the best known, sometimes described as the Anglo-Saxon fythele, is the one played by Ieduthun in the usual illustration of King David and his musicians prefaced to the Psalms in an Anglo-Saxon psalter (Cotton MS., Tib. C. Vl., Brit. Mus.). Other examples are to be found in a Latin psalter illuminated by an English artist at the beginning of the 12th century (Lansd., 383, Brit. Mus.), in which the rfébec has but one string and resembles the lyra teutonica mentioned a ove.

Medieval documentary evidence points to the fact that the long boat-shaped rebec had survived in Spain and spread by way of France over western Europe. The much-quoted 14th-century 3 See Marc. Aurel Stein, Ancient Khotan: Detailed Report of the Archaeological Explorations in Chinese Tnrkestan carried out by H .M Indian Government (Clarendon Press, 1907), vol. i. pl. xlvii. No. voor 1d.

4 See Laurent Grillet, Les ancétres dn 'uiolon (Paris, 1901), vol. i. p. 29. The author calls these instruments lyra, which is a synonym of rebab.

5 See Kathleen Schlesinger, The Instruments o the Orchestra, part ii., “ Precursors of the Violin Family ” London, 1910), pl. iv. p. 154. The spoon-shaped instrument with a long neck on pl. v. (9th century) must be referred to the pandoura family. 6 The casket has been reproduced by A. Venturi in Gallerie Naz. Ital., vol. iii., 1897, . 263; and L'Arte, vol. i. 1896, p. 24. 7See also English psallters of the 13th century in the British Museum. Lansd. MS., 420, and Arundel, 157, fol. 71b.