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Harp

Period:
Late Second Intermediate Period–early New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 17–18
Date:
ca. 1580–1295 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Priests' Cemetery, pit 213, MMA excavations, 1921–22
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
L. 120 cm (47 1/4 in.); W. 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.); H. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.306a, b
Not on view
Harps were very popular musical instruments in ancient Egypt. Originally covered by animal skin, the sound box of this arched harp would have resonated when the instrument’s strings were plucked. Harpers played either alone or in ensembles with singers and other musicians.
Museum excavations 1921–22. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 24, fig. 9.

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