Music cover with Scottish harpist
An unidentified music cover depicting a female Scottish harpist wearing a tartan shawl and medieval costume. The emblem at the top contains the Latin words, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit, which is the motto of the Order of the Thistle (depicted at the bottom of the design), meaning 'No-one attacks me with impunity'.
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Cornish Gorsedd, Sword of Arthur, Cornwall
The Cornish Gorsedd, a community of modern-day bards, taking part in the Sword of Arthur ceremony at St Just in Cornwall. The Gorseth Kernow (Gorsedd of Cornwall) was set up in 1928 to maintain the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall. Toward the end of the Gorseth ceremony the bards swear an oath of loyalty "to Cornwall our Motherland". Each bard touches the Sword of King Arthur by putting one hand on the shoulder of the Bard in front. Date: circa 1980s
© Mary Evans Picture Library/ANDREW BESLEY
An Andean Harpist with his harp
The harp migrated from Europe to Mexico and South America with the Conquistadores and Missionaries. The South Americans adapted it and it sometimes called the 'Highland Harp'. In Paraguay today, it is the national instrument.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
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