Panpipes
Roman London
Set of panpipes, incomplete, made from boxwood (Buxus sempervirens). The instrument was made from a plank or log at least 100 mm in diameter and the individual pipes were drilled, probably with a spoon bit. Four pipes remain, of differeing lengths, but the broken edge shows that only about half of the instrument survives and the shorter pipes are lost.


The back of the instrument is smooth, but the front is decorated with shallow linear grooving and concentric circles, a from of decoration seen on other Continental examples. There is a hole for suspension at the bottom, close to the broken edge.

Source: Museum of London

Panpipes

Roman London

Set of panpipes, incomplete, made from boxwood (Buxus sempervirens). The instrument was made from a plank or log at least 100 mm in diameter and the individual pipes were drilled, probably with a spoon bit. Four pipes remain, of differeing lengths, but the broken edge shows that only about half of the instrument survives and the shorter pipes are lost.

The back of the instrument is smooth, but the front is decorated with shallow linear grooving and concentric circles, a from of decoration seen on other Continental examples. There is a hole for suspension at the bottom, close to the broken edge.

Source: Museum of London

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