L. 120 cm (47 1/4 in.); W. 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.); H. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1925
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.