Ancient Music

Ancient Music Playing

Assyrian musicians from the ancient world

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Ancient Egyptian Dancers

Illustration of Egyptians dancing in the ancient world.

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Ancient Handbells

In ancient times the handbell was played as a musical instrument.

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Ancient Triangle Instrument

In ancient times the triangle was a musical instrument.

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Ancient Tambourines

In ancient times the tambourine was a musical instrument and was used by dancers.

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Ancient Rattles

In ancient times the Sistrum or rattle was a musical instrument used in processions.

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Ancient Trumpets

In ancient times the trumpet was long and made of metal. It was used to call the people to assembly.

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Ancient Lutes

In ancient times the lute was used as a musical instrument much like the harp.

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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.

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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.

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Ancient Flutes or Pipes

In ancient times flutes or pipes were very popular and made of bone, reed, ivory or metal.

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Ancient Bagpipes

In ancient times the dulcimer or bagpipe contained a goatskin with two reed pipes.

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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.

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Ancient Horns

In ancient times the horn was a musical instrument and used to call the people together.

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Ancient Harp

In ancient times the harp was played with the hand while walking. It had multiple strings and sometimes a sounding board.

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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.

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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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