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Illustrated History: Ancient Music
Illustrations of Musical Instruments from the Ancient World

Ancient Bagpipes In ancient times the dulcimer or bagpipe contained a goatskin with two reed pipes.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/dulcimer-goatskin.html

Ancient Cymbals Cymbals were used in Biblical times to praise the Lord. In the above sketch an Assyrian musician is shown playing a cymbal. The cymbal made a loud noise by clanging two brass bowls against each other making a rhythm. Cymbal players were often seen with a company of musicians during processions.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-cymbals.html

Ancient Drums In ancient times certain drums were made from a clay jar, with a donkey skin stretched over the big open side. Some drums were made of wood with leather stretched over the open end.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-drums.html

Ancient Egyptian Dancers Illustration of Egyptians dancing in the ancient world.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-dancing-egypt.html

Ancient Flutes or Pipes In ancient times flutes or pipes were very popular and made of bone, reed, ivory or metal.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-flutes.html

Ancient Handbells In ancient times the handbell was played as a musical instrument.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/handbell.html

Ancient Harp In ancient times the harp was played with the hand while walking. It had multiple strings and sometimes a sounding board.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-harp.html

Ancient Harp from Ur In ancient times the harp was played with the hand while walking. It had multiple strings and sometimes a sounding board, as with this harp excavated in the ruins of ancient Ur, where Abraham originally lived. Notice this harp has 11 strings with a nicely ornamented sounding board with a ram's head at the end.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/harp-from-ur.html

Ancient Harps In ancient times the harp was played with the hand while walking. It had multiple strings and sometimes a sounding board. Some contained rare woods, gold, silver and precious gems.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/harps.html

Ancient Horns In ancient times the horn was a musical instrument and used to call the people together.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-horns.html

Ancient Lutes In ancient times the lute was used as a musical instrument much like the harp.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-lutes.html

Ancient Music Playing Assyrian musicians from the ancient world
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-music-playing.html

Ancient Rattles In ancient times the Sistrum or rattle was a musical instrument used in processions.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/sistrum.html

Ancient Tambourines In ancient times the tambourine was a musical instrument and was used by dancers.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/tambourine.html

Ancient Triangle Instrument In ancient times the triangle was a musical instrument.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/triangle-instrument.html

Ancient Trumpets In ancient times the trumpet was long and made of metal. It was used to call the people to assembly.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-trumpets.html

Jewish Captives Playing the Lyre Jewish captives playing the Lyre as they are led away. The ten tribes of Israel were condemned by God for their rebellion and idolatry. God raised up an invincible army to plunder them, the ancient Assyrians.
http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/jewish-captives-lyre.html



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