Harp

The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers. Harps can be made and played in various ways, including standing or sitting and in orchestras or concerts. Its most common form is triangular in shape and made of wood. Some have multiple rows of strings and pedal attachments.

Harp
A medieval harp (left) and a single-action pedal harp (right)
String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification322–5
(Composite chordophone sounded by the bare fingers)
Playing range
Related instruments

Ancient depictions of harps were recorded in current day Iraq, Iran and Egypt and later in India and China. By medieval times harps had spread across Europe. Harps were found across the Americas where it was a popular folk tradition in some areas. Distinct designs also emerged from the African continent. Harps have symbolic political traditions and are often used in logos, including in Ireland.