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Reconstructing Queen Amanishakheto’s Musical Instruments

Presented by Harvard Museums of Science and Culture and Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East at Online/Virtual Space

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Nov 18 2021
Reconstructing Queen Amanishakheto’s Musical Instruments

In this free virtual lecture, Susanne Gänsicke examines the discovery of musical instruments at an ancient Nubian queen’s pyramid and its impact on archaeologists’ view of interactions in the region.

Susanne Gänsicke, Senior Conservator and ​​Head of Antiquities Conservation, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Double reed pipes, known as auloi, were popular musical instruments in the ancient Mediterranean. In 1921, archaeologists exploring the necropolis of Meroë (northern Sudan)—as part of the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition—found a large collection of auloi in the pyramid of Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. Susanne Gänsicke will discuss the discovery’s

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