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The Question of Identity: Ethnicity, Language, Religion, and Gender

Before Islam:  Mesopotamia

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Plaque with Harp Player

Plaque with Harp Player

Harps are known from the earliest period of written history, but the fringed robe and close-fitting cap of this harpist are typical for the early second millennium BCE in Mesopotamia. Clay plaques from this period depict musicians playing a variety of stringed, percussion, and wind instruments.

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