The qanun is a horizontal zither made from wood, with metal strings arranged in parallel rows.
The qanun is played by plucking the strings withh a plectrum.
In The Phoenix of Persia, the sound of the qanun represents Prince Zal.
What other string instruments do pupils know that are plucked? And with a plectrum?
Meet qanun player Nilufar Habibian
Listen to the qanun. Notice the sounds of the baby chicks in the Simorgh nest at the beginning of the track