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1888 Chromolithograph Ancient Roman Music Instruments Tibia Flute Trumpet LCH1
1888 Chromolithograph Ancient Roman Music Instruments Tibia Flute Trumpet LCH1
1888 Chromolithograph Ancient Roman Music Instruments Tibia Flute Trumpet LCH1

1888 Chromolithograph Ancient Roman Music Instruments Tibia Flute Trumpet LCH1

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This is a rare original 1888 color chromolithograph which depicts a wide variety of musical instruments available in ancient Rome. As animals provided so much raw material once dead, it was common to create simple instruments from their bones, horns, and inflated organs. Flutes made from bones were referred to collectively as tibia, and tinkly music-makers such as bells and chimes were also popular.

Selected Key Elements

1. Flute - 2, Tibia - 3. Tibia gingina, used in Phoenicia and Egypt - 4. Trumpet - 5. Cymbalum - 6. Tibia longa - 7. Tibia pares, a kind of double flute - 9. Tibia conjuctae, used in Phoenicia - 10. Tibia impares, two flutes of unequal diameter - 12. Trumpet made from a pierced shell, used in Rome to convene the friends of a deceased person to make sure he wasn't murdered - 14,38. Monochords - 15. Tibia obliqua 17. Cornu, a circular war trumpet - 19. Tibia utricularis, a simple bagpipe - 20. A more complicated set of bagpipes, which use large connected panpipes - 21. Tintinnabulum - 26, 32. Trigonum, a triangle with parallel strings across two sides - 30. Tympanon - 33. Cithara - 37. Crotalum, similar to Spanish castanets, used to accompany dance.


This 123+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging in margins. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Chromolithograph; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 13.5 inches; 25 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper has obtained an extraordinary, ultra-rare collection of original color and chromolithographs, which capture a myriad of ancient cultures and costumes from around the world. Virtually unseen individually, and from perhaps the most coveted portfolio of costumes from the 19th century, these historically important elephant folio-sized chromolithographs depict scenes and images venturing from ancient Egypt to classical Rome and Greece. Each illustration was adapted from actual artifacts and archaeological sites to define accurate representations of life during each time period; from the dainty Orient to the tribes of Oceania, there are beautiful illustrations for all, each more unique than the next.

Please note that the full original supporting documents for this original piece, shown in the additional pictures attached to the listing, are included and will be shipped with this original.

The originals offered are from the first edition of RacinetÕs masterwork on costumes of the world. Many have been heightened in gold and silver. The full color chromolithographs are some of the most spectacular we have procured. The duotone chromolithographs are stunning and impeccably preserved. Each piece from the collection is in museum-quality condition.

Keywords specific to this image: panpipe, bagpipe, tambourine, lyre, lute, drum, wind, stringed, historical, artifact