Mar 1, 2013
Mar 4, 2013

Fragment from Black-Figure Amphora (Storage Vessel): Musicians

Fragment from Black-Figure Amphora (Storage Vessel): Musicians

c. 530-520 BC

Ceramic

Overall: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1924.536

Location

Did you know?

Vase painters depict four different kinds of lyres, or stringed musical instruments.

Description

Two musicians appear on this amphora fragment. The first, long-haired and bearded, holds an instrument that is mostly lost, but with a curving arm that identifies it as a lyre, probably of the standard (chelys, or tortoiseshell) type. His bearded companion, with curly hair and an ornate robe, plays a concert kithara, a more elaborate seven-stringed instrument.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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