Gallery

Early depictions of musical instruments

A selection of lutes, harps and other instruments, being played by humans, animals and others

Female centaur from BL Royal 14 E II, f. 194
Monkey playing lute from BL Harley 3469, f. 2
Joel and trumpeters from BL Royal 15 D III, f. 394
Woman playing a harp from BL Royal 13 B VIII, f. 26
Midas, Pan and Apollo from BL Harley 4431, f. 108
Music from BL Harley 334, f. 25v
Chess and musicians from BL Harley 4375, f. 151v
Winged grotesque from BL Royal 15 D III, f. 506
Animals playing instruments from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 194
Missal. Use of Sarum.
David playing the harp and his musicians Eman, Ethan, Idithun and Asaph
Cat playing a rebec from BL Harley 6563, f. 40
Trio of musicians from BL Harley 4375, f. 151v
Musicians from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 203
Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v
Book of Hours (fragment).
Psalter.
David playing the harp
David playing the harp
David playing the harp
David from BL Harley 2804, f. 3v
Rabbit from BL Royal 3 D VI, f. 234
Naked man from BL Royal 14 E III, f. 89
Hybrid grotesques from BL Royal 18 D IX, f. 5
Lion playing a trumpet from BL Harley 2433, f. 81
Book of Hours. Use of Rome.
Lancelot Cycle, Branches 3, 4, 5 (fragments).
Apollo, sitting on a rainbow, plays the harp for three men standing below