An Aulos in Eelde, the Netherlands

TitleAn Aulos in Eelde, the Netherlands
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMoore, TJ
EditorEichmann, R, Jianjun, F, Koch, L-C
Book TitleKlänge der Vergangenheit. Die Interpretation von musikarchäologischen Artefakten im Kontext = Sound from the past. The interpretation of musical artifacts in an archaeological context
Series TitleStudien zur Musikarchäologie 8; Orient-Archäologie 27
Pagination91-101
PublisherRahden
CityLeidorf
ISBN9783896466570
Abstract

The Museum Vosbergen in the village of Eelde in the Netherlands possesses six auloi fragments, excavated on the island of Rhodes by Sir Alfred Biliotti in the nineteenth century. Two of the fragments—fragments D and E—contain complete or partial holes for all four fingers and a thumb. A third fragment—Fragment F—has two additional holes. It is probable that Fragment D or E once joined with the other fragments to produce a seven-hole pipe, which joined with another pipe to form what Stefan Hagel has called a proslambanomenos aulos, in which a seven-hole pipe and a pipe with eight or nine holes combine to produce an instrument capable of a fuller scale than the scale simpler auloi could produce. Distances between finger holes in the Eelde fragments, however, suggest that the scale produced by the Eelde aulos was different from the scales of other known proslambanomenos auloi, and that perhaps Fragments D and E are not part of the same instrument. [Timothy J. Moore]

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