Illustrated History: Ancient Music
Illustrations of Musical Instruments from the Ancient World
In ancient times the dulcimer or bagpipe contained a goatskin with two reed pipes.
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.
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.
Ancient Egyptian Dancers
Illustration of Egyptians dancing in the ancient world.
Ancient Flutes or Pipes
In ancient times flutes or pipes were very popular and made of bone, reed, ivory or metal.
In ancient times the handbell was played as a musical instrument.
In ancient times the harp was played with the hand while walking. It had multiple strings and sometimes a sounding board.
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.
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.
In ancient times the horn was a musical instrument and used to call the people together.
In ancient times the lute was used as a musical instrument much like the harp.
Ancient Music Playing
Assyrian musicians from the ancient world
In ancient times the Sistrum or rattle was a musical instrument used in processions.
In ancient times the tambourine was a musical instrument and was used by dancers.
Ancient Triangle Instrument
In ancient times the triangle was a musical instrument.
In ancient times the trumpet was long and made of metal. It was used to call the people to assembly.
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.
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