King Lyre of Pan (9 strings) – ancient Greek lyre
“I Call strong Pan, the substance of the whole, etherial, marine, earthly, general soul, Immortal fire.” – Orphic Hymn to Pan
From time to time, we manage to discover quite impressive, truly beautiful long animal horns, by animals that have passed away due to natural causes. This is a very rare situation, as we always use only what nature “gives” us at any given time. The “King Lyre of Pan” is on the top of every other Kylix lyre as we use the best materials available each time!
This is a replica of a chelys lyre, named after the ancient god Pan. According to ancient Greek mythology, Pan was the god of the wild, companion of the nymphs, and he is depicted having hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or a satyr. Satyrs were followers of Dionysus (god of wine), and they are usually depicted in scenes of love and even orgies.
The Lyre of Pan is part of LUTHIEROS kylix lyres family. What differentiates kylix lyres from other ancient replicas is their primitive and genuine design, with a tortoiseshell replica for a soundbox, animal horns for arms, skin for the soundboard, etc. Every one of these lyres is one-of-a-kind, as there are no two pairs of animal horns that can be the same.
LUTHIEROS King Lyre of Pan has 9-strings, and so it gives more than a full octave, making an ideal instrument for anyone willing to focus on the ancient musical heritage. Whatsmore, with the use of harmonics and other advanced playing techniques, the King Lyre of Pan can produce three to four full octaves, including sharps!
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^ A bearded figure playing the lyre. Terracotta white-ground Kyathos, Psiax (Greek Attic), 525 - 510 B.C., J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA.
< A bearded figure playing the lyre. Terracotta white-ground Kyathos, Psiax (Greek Attic), 525 - 510 B.C., J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA.
Bringing Ancient Artifacts Back to Life
To handcraft premium ancient-replicas with a focus to the modern musician, you have to research a lot, analyze hundreds of ancient depictions, build a lot of prototypes, test them with great musicians, etc.
And all of these, to conclude to meaningful compromises that have to be made, that are both deeply justified and make sense in terms of usability/playability. All in all, our ultimate goal is to serve the modern musician, and to bring ancient artifacts back to life as fully functional musical instruments.
Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the LUTHIEROS King Lyre of Pan is made exclusively using natural materials available during the antiquity. All parts are made of quality wood with great musicality, the soundbox is a reproduction of an actual tortoiseshell, while the tuning pegs are made by ebony and mulberry wood. The bottom part of the strings is attached to animal skin, while the plectrum is manufactured by wood or bone.
This ancient artifact was evolved to become a modern musical instrument ready to be used by both amateur and professional musicians. For all the minor (but very important) alterations, top-notch technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Modeling and rapid prototyping) as part of University-based research by members of LUTHIEROS family. Key collaborations include the International Hellenic University and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Koumartzis et al. (2015). A New Music Instrument from Ancient Times: Modern Reconstruction of the Greek Lyre of Hermes using 3D Laser Scanning, Advanced Computer Aided Design and Audio Analysis. Journal of New Music Research. 44. 324-346.
McCann, Anna Marguerite. 1978. Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 5.
Robinson, Edward. 1910. "Two Ancient Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5(12)
Various authors (2012). Greek Musical Instruments: Research in visual and written sources (2000 B.C. - 2000 A.D.), Teloglion Foundation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
West, M.L. (1992). Ancient Greek Music, Oxford.
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King Lyre of Pan (9 strings) – ancient Greek lyre