Method of Construction

Constructed by: Jolly Killmer, '97

In reconstructing this instrument, I relied on pictures taken from ancient pottery, which didn't clearly show how the tuning mechanisms worked. Some showed a thin strip of wood or metal with holes in it to which the strings are attached, but since I wanted to make sure the lyre would be playable I used pegs instead of a strip. In addition, since I didn't have access to a tortoise shell, I constructed the sound box out of wood.

Sources, Resources and Links

An image of a Chelys-Lyra on a vase is available at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

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