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LOT 0116

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Roman Bronze Flute

c.2nd-3rd century AD

A hollow bronze flute (aulos or tibia) with round-section body, six circular holes to one side and a D-shaped hole to the reverse. 87 grams, 23cm (9"). Fine condition. Extremely rare.

From the late Alison Barker collection, a retired London barrister; from her collection formed early 1960s-1990s.
Accompanied by an archaeological report by Dr Raffaele D'Amato.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11055-184396.

See Daremberg, C.V. & Saglio, E. (eds.), Dictionnaire des Antiquités Grecques et Romaines, Paris, 1873-1917, fig.6965; see the cast of the Roman flute from Pompeii, in the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures (inventory 1916.07.0011); Wardle, M.A., Musical Instruments in the Roman World, London, 1981, for iconography (pp.35ff., 115ff. and especially pl.22), and original specimens from Pompeii, pls.1-2; the closest parallel in Palagyi, T., Facsady, A., Romains de Hongrie, Lyon, 2002, p.117, fig.259 (bronze tibia from Pannonia, Savaria, today Szombathely).

The flute was used for religious ceremonies and for entertainment. The Pyrrhic, a war dance of Doric origin, was a rapid dance to the double flute, and made to resemble an action in battle.