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Attic Lekanis
Image by Egisto Sani

Attic Lekanis

A red-figure Attic Lekanis, 400-300 BCE. (Provenance: Spina Necropolis). Lekanides were often used for serving food where the lid could be overturned and its handle became a foot. The woman depicted here holds a tympanon or drum.
Terpsichore
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Terpsichore

A Roman sculpture of Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance, playing a lyre, 1st century CE. (Vatican Museums, Rome).
Apollo and Marsyas
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Apollo and Marsyas

National Archaeological Museum, Athens, 215. 330-20 BCE. This relief slab is one of four that made up the revetment of a pedestal (only three survive), and was found at Mantineia, Arcadia. The pedestal either acted as a base for a statue...
Apollo, detail from NAM, Athens, 215.
Image by James Lloyd

Apollo, detail from NAM, Athens, 215.

Detail of Apollo from NAM, Athens, 215. He is seated on a tree stump, wearing chlamys and chiton, and sandals. In his left hand he rests his seven string lyre (the stings would have been painted; the number of tuning pegs gives their frequency...
Assyrian wall relief depicting musical instruments
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Assyrian wall relief depicting musical instruments

This alabaster bas relief depicts marching shield bearers accompanied by a group of musicians who carry different musical instruments. The male musicians are carrying rectangular drums with a string; this instrument can still be found in...
Aulos Player, Cyclades
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Aulos Player, Cyclades

A marble figurine from the Cycladic islands, 2800-2300 BCE, depicting a flute or aulos player. It is one of the earliest representations of a musician in sculpture from the Bronze Age Aegean. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens).
Mosaic with Musicians
Image by Carole Raddato

Mosaic with Musicians

Mosaic depicting musicians, signed by Dioskourides of Samos. The mosaic shows an episode from a comedy since the figures are wearing theatrical masks. The figures are playing musical instruments often connected with the cult of Cybele: the...
Ancient Greek Forminx
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Ancient Greek Forminx

A reconstruction of the forminx, a stringed instrument which was played to a singing accompaniment. (Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, Katakolon, Greece).
Cycladic Harp Player Figurine
Image by Mary Harrsch (Photographed at the Getty Villa, Malibu)

Cycladic Harp Player Figurine

A 28cm high, marble harp player from the Cycladic islands, 2700-2300 BCE. It is one of the earliest representations of a musician from the Bronze Age Aegean. (J.Paul Getty museum, Malibu, USA).
An Aulos Player and Dancing Girl
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An Aulos Player and Dancing Girl

This Attic red-figure vase depicts an aulos player accompanying a female dancer. There is a kithara suspended in between them. National Archaeological Museum 1187