- Museum number
Arched harp: with rounded, hollowed soundbox in the shape of a spoon or spade. The soundbox is in three sections; the central one is a continuation of the neck, and two lateral wings are attached to it by three and four tenon and socket joints respectively. The lower end of the central section is damaged, but there are signs of a hole perhaps used to secure the suspension rod. One wing of the soundbox is badly damaged, and of the other the rim is broken towards the neck, where it was originally secured with a still surviving wooden peg.
The lower part of the cylindrical neck is carved to a V-shape, which forms the shoulder of the soundbox. The neck continues the convex outer curve of the soundbox, and tapers towards the upper end, where it is surmounted by a wooden cap secured with four wooden pins. On the back of the neck are four wooden pegs with flared knobs; the pegs are firmly fixed. There are traces of plaster on the soundbox and neck of the instrument, and apparently some traces of paint.
Length: 95.60 centimetres (overall)
Width: 26.20 centimetres (soundbox)
- Curator's comments
- J. G. Wilkinson, ‘The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians’ (1878), i, p. 472, and woodcut no. 239,3.
H. Hickmann, Les harpes de l'Égypte pharaonique, 'Bulletin de l'Institut d'Égypte', 35 (1953), p. 323.
- Not on display
- fair (skin and strings missing and soundbox damaged)
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.6381 (Birch Slip Number)