Dating musical instruments
The limits to percussion are those of the human imagination.
Some have been carefully restored to playing condition.
Lutes traditionally had pear shaped bodies and hard wooden tops.
Plucked rebabs often had similar shaped bodies but with a skin top.
However, there are numerous instruments found in China and the northern regions of Southeast Asia.
Free reed instruments were virtually unknown in the West until Pierre Amiot introduced a sheng to European instrument makers in the 17th Century, which resulted in the invention of the harmonica, accordion, concertina and reed organ.