Roman terracotta figurine of a musician. 300 AD.

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Music in Ancient Rome played an important role in social life, at work and in the army. With regard to instrumentation, a great development can be seen in the instruments inherited from the Etruscans, the Greeks and those of Eastern origin. This terracotta male figure carries a lyre, which was built with a turtle shell and at first only had three strings. It was the instrument of the Roman god Fedo and accompanied him as a symbol of culture and music. Apollo gave his son Orpheus the lyre and its history became the famous myth of Orpheus.


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