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A harp depicted backwards on a sign

The harp was an ancient stringed Earth musical instrument.

During the 2360s, Commander William T. Riker kept a small holographic simulation of two women playing harp-like instruments in his quarters. When he needed to relax, he would turn on the hologram and listen to the music. (TNG: "Haven")

While serving as captain of the USS Rutledge in the mid-24th century, Benjamin Maxwell enjoyed a drinking song with lyrics that included "The minstrel boy to the war has gone / In the ranks of death you will find him / His father's sword he hath girded on / And his wild harp slung behind him./ Land of song, said the warrior bard/ tho' all the world betrays thee/ One sword at least thy rights shall guard./ One faithful harp shall praise thee." (TNG: "The Wounded")

In 2376, while taking part in Tom Paris' "Fair Haven"holoprogram, Kathryn Janeway noticed that the harp on the sign at Sullivan's was backwards, much to Paris' annoyance. (VOY: "Fair Haven")

Other cultures also had harps or harp-like musical instruments. The Edo also played a small instrument that resembled a transparent harp. (TNG: "Justice") A Bajoran variation included bells connected to the harp strings. (DS9: "Accession") Additionally, harp-like lutes were found in many cultures and included the Vulcan lute, the Bajoran lute, and the Risian lute.

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