Source Pictures of Historical Harps
Queen Mary of Scots' own Clarsach (harp) made in Ireland over 500 years ago.
A Celtic stone of about 1000 years ago from Scotland.
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A picture from a medieval Bible, of about the year 1170, which shows King David tuning his harp while other musicians play in the smaller pictures.
Lots of interesting things are in this picture - the king is important so he's drawn bigger than the rest;
The harp he's playing isn't really what they thought harps were like in Bible times - it's what they were used to seeing nearly 1000 years ago, in their own time; Spot the other instruments, including a dulcimer or psaltery, and a hurdy gurdy. ( There are a lot more.)
This is what it might really have looked like in King David's time... this carving from Iraq is from about 4,000 years ago. That's four thousand years.
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