Arched Harp (shoulder harp)

During the New Kingdom, this sort of portable, boat-shaped arched harp was popular, and it may be seen in the hands of processional female musicians singing solo or in ensembles with singers, wind instruments, sistrums, and rattles. The head of a Nubian captive, who looks to be tied by the harp strings, is adorning the arched frame’s end.

Object Details

Arched Harp (shoulder harp)

New Kingdom

Dynasty 18

1390–1295 B.C.



L. (diagonally) 82 cm (32 5/16 in.); soundbox: L. 36 cm (14 3/16 in.

 Rogers Fund, 1943