Antique Lyre, also known as a lyra, from Greece in the Cretian style. Handmade, hand carved pear shaped, three string fiddle. Made from a dark wood (walnut or mulberry), light weight. No siginficant design work or accreditation to one particular artist/maker. Lyra stands on three long tuners in the back. Lyra is missing bridge for strings to site over half-moon openings. Missing piece located inside the lyra, loose. This lyre accompanies item 2013.24.5b.
Handmade lyre from Crete. Shape differs from lyre in Greece, which presents more as a harp shape, over a guitar shape. Lyre purchase in 1964, Irakleia, Greece. Cretian lyre modelled after guitar and violin.
Rights and Reproduction
The content on this site is made available for research and education purposes only. The use of these materials may be restricted by law or the donor.
Any other use, such as exhibition, publication, or commercial use, is not allowed except by written permission in accordance with the NHM Image Rights and Reproduction Policy
For questions on image rights and reproduction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyre, before 1922, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/10140. Accessed 09/30/22.