Maenad, Red-Figure Cup
Greek red figure stemless cup from Apula, 330-320 BCE, depicting a dancing maenad - female follower of Dionysus - holding a bell and tambourine. (Archaeological Museum, Milan)
Egyptian arched harp. New Kingdom, about 1550-1070 BCE. Thebes, Egypt. Made with wood, bone and glazed composition. The British Museum, (photo taken at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia)
Egyptian Harp Player
Egyptian relief of a harp player. 19th Dynasty, about 1295-1186 BCE. Abydos, Egypt. From The British Museum, (photo taken at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia)
Ancient Greek Panpipes
A modern reproduction of the most common form of panpipes played by the ancient Greeks (Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, Katakolon, Greece).
The Nehan koshiki (Koshiki on the Buddha's Passing) is written in Chinese but was recited in Japanese. Koshiki were intended to be understood by the listeners. The development of this genre in the late-10th century CE in Japan represents...
Illuminated Sutra from Jingoji Temple
This illuminated sutra is from Jingoji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and it dates to 1179 CE, which corresponds to Japan's Heian period. It is made of gold and silver on indigo paper. (Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford...
Delos Silver Drachm
Silver drachm from Delos, Cyclades, late 6th century BCE. O: Lyre (R: incuse square).
Calymna Silver Stater
Silver stater from Calymna, Caria, 600-550 BCE. O: Male head in crested helmet. R: Lyre in incuse square.
Terpsichore - the Muse of Dance
A statue of Terpsichore, the Greek Muse of Dance. A 2nd century CE copy from a Greek original (The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg).
Documents of Ancient Greek Music: The Extant Melodies and Fragments
In some ways, the title ‘Documents of Ancient Greek Music’ (DAGM) is slightly misleading, since some two-thirds of these documents are ‘Roman’. Pedantry aside, while many of these 61 documents are by date Roman, they...