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Phorminx this Ancient Greek instrument is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments, which is somewhat like a cross between a kithara and a lyre.

Phorminx this Ancient Greek instrument is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments, which is somewhat like a cross between a kithara and a lyre.

Reproduction of Sutton Hoo lyre

Reproduction of Sutton Hoo lyre. This lyre or one like it was made by Michael J. King for the Sutton Hoo visitors centre where it will be on permanent exhibit. The Anglo Saxon original is in the British Museum.

Greek harp,400 AC The frame harp of the fourth and fifth centuries had an arched sound box and a post for support on the open ends and was played resting on the left knee while the player was seated. It was designed having between nine and eleven strings and so that the left hand stroked the farther, longer strings while the right plucked the closer, shorter ones. Decoration varied widely: a harp might be covered with ornate drawings of animals or it might be plain and almost bare.

Frame Harp, Greece, 400 CE - The frame harp of the fourth and fifth centuries had an arched sound box and a post for support on the open ends and was played resting on the left knee while the player was seated.