Yatga (Zither) – The yatga is a half-tube zither with a movable bridge. It is constructed as a box with a convex surface and an end bent towards the ground. The strings are plucked and the sound is very smooth. The instrument was considered to be sacrosanct and playing it was a rite, bound by taboos. The instrument was mainly used at court and in monasteries, since strings symbolised the 12 levels of the palace hierarchy.