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The Seikilos Stele
Image by Copenhagen National Museum

The Seikilos Stele

The Seikilos Stele, Copenhagnen NM inv.14897. This grave stele preserves the oldest complete song that has survived to our times, and dates to around the 2nd century CE. Found in 1883 by Sir William Ramsay at Aydin (Tralleis), the grave...
Marble Sarcophagus with the Contest between the Muses and the Sirens
Image by New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

Marble Sarcophagus with the Contest between the Muses and the Sirens

"The deities Athena, Zeus, and Hera, assembled at the far left, preside over a musical contest between the Muses and Sirens. The Muses, associated with the highest intellectual and artistic aspirations, are defeating the Sirens, creatures...
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 Clapper
Image by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Greek Clapper

A reconstruction of the clapper (Krotala), an ancient percussion instrument made from cane, shell, wood or metal. Usually held in each hand with thumbs and middle finger through the leather loops for stability, they were played much like...
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
Image by James Lloyd

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
The Brauron Aulos
Image by James Lloyd

The Brauron Aulos

no. 57 shows the Brauron aulos, found at excavations at the temple site of Brauron in a holy pond. It is made of bone and dated to the end of the 6th C. - 5th C. No.s 55 + 56 are fragments of an aulos No.s 53 + 54 show two aulos players...
Aulos Players and Dancers
Image by James Lloyd

Aulos Players and Dancers

Fragment of a black-figure pyxis or skyphos. Depicted are dancing women accompanied by aulos players. Brauron Museum
Marsyas, detail from NAM, Athens, 215.
Image by James Lloyd

Marsyas, detail from NAM, Athens, 215.

Detail of Marsyas from NAM, Athens, 215. The bearded satyr can be seen in a state of movement as he plays his auloi, the spread of his fingers is preserved by the left hand, and presumably corresponds to the finger-holes of the instrument
Coffins of Herit-ubekhet
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Coffins of Herit-ubekhet

Two sycamore wood coffins of Herit-ubekhet, a temple musician at Karnak. From Deir El-Bahari, Western Thebes, modern-day Egypt. 3rd intermediate period, 21st Dynasty, circa 1000 BCE. (State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, Germany).