An invention worth fifty cows: Evidence for supra-regionality in tortoise shell lyre construction

TitleAn invention worth fifty cows: Evidence for supra-regionality in tortoise shell lyre construction
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHagel, S
EditorBravi, L, Lomiento, L, Meriani, A, Pace, G
Book TitleTra lyra e aulos. Tradizioni musicali e generi poetici
Series TitleQuaderni della Rivista di Cultura Classica e Medioevale 14
Pagination157-166
PublisherFabrizio Serra editore
CityPisa; Roma
ISBN9788862278256 (pbk); 9788862278263 (ebook)
Keywordslyra, lyre, music archaeology, tuning
Abstract

The proposed interpretation of bone parts from a fifth-century b.c. grave at Locri as belonging to a lyre is investigated and corroborated. On the one hand, they allow to assess the yoke diameter, which is consistent with data from Mainland Greece; on the other, the supposed tuning pin is shown to work very effectively when compared to other tuning devices, combining functionality with ease of manufacture.

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