Set of fragmentary auloi

Roman (?)
Hellenistic or Roman Imperial Period
50 B.C.–1 A.D.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroë, Beg., North Africa, Pyramid N. 6


Length of longest: 93 cm (36 5/8 in.) Length of shortest 38 cm (15 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze, ivory, bone, wood

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Musical Instruments, The Ancient World



Aerophone double reed fragments packed in boxes. Found in a damaged state, but include parts of at least 12 different pipes. Remains now extremely fragile.


From Meroe, Beg., N 6. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Field nos. 21-3-350, 21-3-702).

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition