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(a) Long-necked lute on a Mesopotamian cylinder seal, Akkadian period, c2370–2110 BCE (British Museum, London); (b) Long-necked lute and arched harp: detail from a painting in the tomb of Djeserkare‘sonb, Thebes, from the time of Tuthmosis IV (reigned 142locked

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(a) Long-necked lute on a Mesopotamian cylinder seal, Akkadian period, c2370–2110 BCE (British Museum, London); (b) Long-necked lute and arched harp: detail from a painting in the tomb of Djeserkare‘sonb, Thebes, from the time of Tuthmosis IV (reigned 1425–1417 BCE); (c) Short-necked lute: terracotta figurine (3rd century BCE) from Tanagra (Musée du Louvre, Paris)...

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