The koto was introduced from China to Japan during the Nara period (710-793) as an instrument of court music (Gagaku).
The kutiyapi, or kudyapi, is an indianized Filipino two-stringed, fretted boat-lute. It is the only stringed instrument among the Maguindanao people, and one of several among other groups such as the Maranao and Manobo.
Hurdy-gurdy. Organ grinder. The Halfpenny Showman. From: The Costume of Great Britain, by W.H. Pyne, 1808.
Wandering musicians costumes of the 15t century. Musiciens ambulants. XVe siècle. Tiére de mobilier d’Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
Egyptian Painting: Player of mandore (Necropolis of Thebes. – Eighteenth Dynasty.). Peinture: Joueuse de mandore. Nécrolpole de Thèbes – XVIIIe. dynastie.
Dutch lute player around 1635. 17th century costume. Baroque period fashion Gallery: “Sheets for costume design: historical and folk costumes. Published by Franz Lipperheide, 1876-1887.
This portrait represents one of the Grand Signior’s band in his usual habit. He is in the act of playing upon a mandolin, something similar to the modem or Spanish guitar
In the lower part of the image three Persian dancers and a servant in the typical costumes are shown. The average dancer wearing a precursor of Raqs Sharqi belly dance costumes.
Tambourine player in the jilbab. Veiled water wearer in a chador. Servant with a turban, tarboosh, vests, harem pants belted with a wide cloth that Sal Sapik, (SAL û Sapik “pants and shirt”).
A young Bedouin with Kufiyya, Jilbab and jacket. Nubian slave girl wearing a caftan over a light of woolen dress. Egyptian woman in street clothing.