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   A Concise Dictionary of Egyptian Archaeology: A Handbook for Students and Travellers

A Concise Dictionary of Egyptian Archaeology: A Handbook for Students and Travellers

Author: Broderick, M. Set In . . .
 Africa, Egypt
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Description: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...which were sounded by the hand or with a plectrum; and sometimes the chords were touched with the left hand while the right hand played with a plectrum. The instrument was held in various ways, occasionally under the arm. The Guitar, or lute, is perhaps the instrument most frequently met with. It was played chiefly by women. The oval body is of wood, or of wood "covered with leather perforated with several holes. With its long neck it must have measured about 4 ft. The three strings were fastened to the body by a triangular piece of wood or bone, and kept from contact with the neck at the other end by a small cross bar. Musicians. There must have been two kinds of music, and their exponents belonged to very different grades in society. The higher kind, which was probably very stereotyped, was taught and performed by the priests, and was more or less religious, while the popular music which the people loved to have at their feasts was provided by paid entertainers who were usually accompanied by dancers, if indeed they did not dance themselves. That the Pharaoh enjoyed singing and musical entertainments is evident from the fact that there was a functionary who bore the title " Superintendent of song and of the recreation of the king"; but the king never seems to have done particular honour to any performers, nor do we hear of any musician of high rank. There were both men and women performers. (.See Music and Musical Instruments.) Mut. A goddess, the second of the Theban triad, where she is the wife of Amen-Ra and the mother of Khensu. Her name signifies "the mother," the vulture which stands for it also meaning "mother." She is called "mistress of the gods, lady of heaven, eye of Ra."...
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