Statue Of Bes
Statue of Bes. Probably late 18th Dynasty, about 1300 BCE. Said to be from Akhmim, Egypt. From The British Museum, (photo taken at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia) Several gods were associated with music, including Bes, the protector...
Apollo with Lyre
A kylix depicting the god Apollo pouring a libation and holding an early version of the lyre (chelys) which was made from the shell of a tortoise. The bird may represent the crow which announced the marriage of the nymph Aigle-Korone, the...
A 1st century CE Roman sculpture of Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry, playing the lyre. (Vatican Museums, Rome).
Greek Double Aulos
The ancient Greek double aulos (diaulos) consisted of two pipes (auloi) attached at the mouthpiece and sometimes held in place with a leather strap (forveia) to the player's face. The pipes could be of equal length or unequal, the latter...
A modern reconstruction of panpipes (or syrinx), first used by shepherds in the Cycladic islands as early as the third millennium BCE were a popular musical instrument in ancient Greek culture and are often depicted on Greek pottery. (Museum...
Ancient Greek Kithara
A reconstruction of the ancient Greek stringed instrument. It was associated with the god Apollo, regarded as the most gifted player of the instument and patron of musicians. (Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, Katakolon, Greece).
A detail from an Apulian red-figure bell krater by the Pronomos Painter. First quarter of the 4th century BCE. Depicted is Orpheus in Thracian dress defending himself against Maenads(?). (Taranto, Museo Nazionale Archeologico, temporary loan...
This fragment of an Attic red-figure plate depicts an aulos player, and clearly shows the strap which was worn to aid the playing of the instruments. The inscription says, "Hermocrates did this" National Archaeological Museum, Athens...
Bronze Aulos Player Figurine
The man wears a long tunic and mantle. From his left shoulder hangs an instrument case. The straps for the instrument can also be seen, tied around the mouth and cheeks. From a Corinthian workshop, 500- 490 BC Delphi Museum
Scene from a Symposium
Attic red-figure calyx krater. Depicted here is a symposium scene, the male guests are reclining whilst the female aulos-player serenades them. By the Uppsala Painter. 11559, National Archaeological Museum, Athens