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Accession_Number 67.7.3
Shape Aulos
Shape_description
Material Silver and bronze; wood and ivory/bone
Fabric
Fabric_description
Munsell_color
Decoration Long aulos (probably the right half of a double aulos, a wind instrument played through [missing] reeds) which appears to have an inner surface of wood (?) with a bronze sheath and silver mounting (in four sections). Mouth is silver and has two grooves towards rim. Neck has small hole below mouth and no silver. Bulbous section to neck with bronze section between two silver sections below. Four holes down the length of the body, one apart from the lower three with a fifth on the reverse side in the gap. The hole of the reverse has a small thumb plate around it. Bronze section below which may have originally been silver, with a grooved silver section flaring slightly to end. Hollow inside.
Inscriptions
Condition Reed not preserved. Silver has broken away in places but has lost some of its glaze and lustre in others. The bronze has deteriorated to green in places. Some repair to silver and bulbous neck. The instrument is in fact sturdy despite its outward appearance.
Technique/Style
Provenance
Period Classical
Date 4 c. or later
Dating_details
Artist
Attribution
Image
2004.80.0003.jpg
2004.80.0003.jpg
Top view of a double aulos restored as a...
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2007.02.0004.jpg
2007.02.0004.jpg
Top view of a double aulos restored as a...
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2007.02.0005.jpg
2007.02.0005.jpg
Top view of a double aulos restored as a...
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2011.03.0035.jpg
2011.03.0035.jpg
View of aulos on display in Symposium case.
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Comparanda
Bibliography J.G. Landels, BSA 63, 1968.
Archive_Ref
Beazley_DB
Height
Diameters Max. 3.4; mouth 2.4; base 1.9
Handle_height
Other_dims. L. 38.0
Location Symposium
Edited_by Denise; Kinsey
Date_edited 16.9.2002; 10.01.2006
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