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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 137

    A PHOENICIAN BRONZE CHALCOPHONE

    CIRCA 8TH-6TH CENTURY B.C.

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    A PHOENICIAN BRONZE CHALCOPHONE
    CIRCA 8TH-6TH CENTURY B.C.
    The musical instrument composed of eleven coiled wire tubes and twin sounding bars, each bar with fifteen attachment holes and terminal spiral resonators, four separate fragmentary attachment wires
    7 in. (17.8 cm.) wide


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    The tubes would have been joined to the sounding bars by wooden pegs which the coiled wire tubes would have been wound around. It is thought that the chalcophone may have chimed like a modern xylophone. Examples have been found in South Italian and Phoenician contexts dating from the 8th-6th Century B.C. Similar instruments in later form appear on Apulian red-figure pottery.

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    Provenance

    Acquired on the European art market prior to 1990.