A Roman pipe from London
Graeme Lawson and Angela Wardle
A piece of bone and copper alloy tubing has been identified as the remains of a Roman pipe, one of a pair of tibiae, of the kind often seen in classical paintings, sculpure and mosaics.The cylindrical bone sections have finger-holes to allow the production of different musical pitches; originally they fitted inside a series of tightly fitting but freely rotating metal sleeves, each with a different pattern of finger-holes which could be opened and closed in various combinations.
[Transactions39 (1988), pp 35 6; abstract by Francis Grew, 27-Sep-1996]
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