A Central African lyre made from a human skull, antelope horns, skin, gut, and hair. 19th century CE

Lyre, Human skull, animal skin, hair, wood, gut, possibly Ethiopian Some musical instrument origin myths reference human or animal remains and skulls and bones are sometimes used as decoration or as an instrument’s key component.

Lyre | Central African | The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe oldest playable instruments are red-crowned crane-bone flutes from China’s Neolithic Age and in Tibet thigh-bone trumpets (rkangling) and skull drums (damaru) were used.

A Central African lyre made from a human skull, antelope horns, skin, gut,  and hair. 19th century CE, It is currently stored at The Metropolitan  museum[1080x1069]. : r/ArtefactPorn

Skull lyres, thought to be from Ethiopia, are rare, scarcely documented and found only in museums. While some have suggested a symbolic or clandestine ritual use for these lyres, there is no known tradition. Most likely it is a sensational item made for the nineteenth-century European market.

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