A Phoenician bronze chalcophone

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Lot 94
A Phoenician bronze chalcophone

Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 20,377) inc. premium
A Phoenician bronze chalcophone
Circa 8th-7th Century B.C.
The musical instrument composed of two vertical bars with spiralled terminals as resonators, with eleven bronze springs coiled around connecting pins, 6¼in (16cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    English private collection, formed in the 1960s.

    Literature:
    These instruments appear in both Phoenician and South Italian contexts during the Iron Age and are largely associated with burials and funerary practices, particularly female grave sites, cf. C. Colelli and A. Fera, 'Bronze Calcophones in Southern Italy' in L. Bombardieri (ed.) Soma 2012: Identity and Connectivity, Oxford, vol. II, pp. 823-833.

    A number of similar instruments were also found during excavations at Ur, which are thought to have been played like a multi-toned cymbal, cf. E. Wellesz (ed.), Ancient and Oriental Music, Oxford, 1999, pp. 239-242.
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