Hydraulis Terracotta Lamp

Illustration

James Lloyd
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published on 24 February 2015

A terracotta lamp in the shape of a hydraulis being played by an organist. On either side of the manuals are the air pumps which fed the water organ with a supply of air into order to produce the notes.
Roman, Porconsularis (modern Tunisia), late 2nd- early 3rd century CE.
British Museum, 1965.10-11.1



About the Author

James Lloyd
James' main area of research is ancient Greek music, but he has general interests in mythology, religion, and art & archaeology. A self-confessed philhellene, James keeps at least one eye on the Roman pie.

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