The Lyre of Pan (Kylix Lyre) – 7string Ancient Greek Lyre – Compact size! en.luthieros.com
The Lyre of Pan (Kylix Lyre) – 7string Ancient Greek Lyre – Compact size! en.luthieros.comThe Lyre of Pan (Kylix Lyre) – 7string Ancient Greek Lyre – Compact size! en.luthieros.comThe Lyre of Pan (Kylix Lyre) – 7string Ancient Greek Lyre – Compact size! en.luthieros.com

The Lyre of Pan (Kylix Lyre) – 7string Ancient Greek Lyre – Compact size! – Top Quality HandCrafted Musical Instruments

455.00 

“Goat-footed, horned, Bacchanalian Pan, fanatic pow’r, from whom the world began. Whose various parts by thee inspir’d, combine in endless dance and melody divine. In thee a refuge from our fears we find, those fears peculiar to the human kind. Thee shepherds, streams of water, goats rejoice, thou lov’st the chace, and Echo’s secret voice […]“ – Orphic Hymn to Pan

This is one of our ancient Greek Kylix’s lyres, named after “Pan”, the god of the wild, companion of the nymphs.
His name originates within the Ancient Greek language from the word paein (πάειν), and he is depicted having hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr.

The “Pan Lyre” is a member of the lyre family “Kylix”. The Ancient Greek “κύλιξ” was a type of wine-drinking cup that was used mainly during symposiums in the ancient world. For this reason, they were often decorated with depictions of Dionysos (the god of wine) and his satyrs, along with scenes of love or even orgies.
The Kylix lyres are named after that unique ancient cup, due to their primitive and authentic design (with a look like tortoise shell for soundbox, and animal horns for arms). Every one of these lyres is one-of-a-kind, as no two tortoise shells or animal horns can be the same.
What’s more, what differentiate kylix lyres from other ancient replicas is their compact size and the ability to carry them easily and so be able to use them all the time. Regarding their sound quality, they have a more pitchy and ancient-like sound due to the limited length of their strings.

Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the “Pan Lyre” is made of (and only) natural materials available during the antiquity. This ancient artifact was evolved to become a modern music instrument ready to be used by both amateur and professional musicians (for example, a modern tuning method was chosen instead of the ancient hard-to-use one). For all the minor (but very important) alterations, latest technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Scanning and 3d Modeling).

This lyre has 7 strings. The soundbox is made by a look like tortoise shell, the sound-board by animal skin, the arms by animal horns, the tailpiece, the crossbar and the bridge and the keys by wood, and the plectrum by wood. The lyre’s height is 37 cm with 29 cm width, its soundbox dimensions are 17 x 15 x 7 cm, while the length of the vibrating strings is 24 cm.

Along with every lyre, a handbook is provided including all the different ancient Greek scales (for tuning the lyre) in the Aristoxenian tradition such as the Mixolydian, the Phrygian, the Dorian etc. What’s more, the oldest music melodies that had survived are also included such as the Hellenistic “Seikilos Epitaph” (2.000 years old, the oldest known complete melody of the human kind), and further descriptions regarding what modes were used in the antiquity for evoking specific feelings such as sorrow, happiness, bravery etc. Last, a full-color 68-pages book (in the form of a .pdf file) will be given, with more than 100 photos, describing the research behind our lyres and the whole design process.

The lyres available for purchase are very limited. Needles to say that no animals were harmed…

“I Call strong Pan, the substance of the whole, etherial, marine, earthly, general soul, Immortal fire; for all the world is thine, and all are parts of thee, O pow’r divine. Come, blessed Pan, whom rural haunts delight, come, leaping, agile, wand’ring, starry light.” – Orphic Hymn to Pan

| Learn how to play the ancient Greek lyre!
Michael Levy, the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world, put together for us 11 video lessons (available online at our website). No matter if you are a completely amateur or a professional music player, you can play the lyre following Michael’s steps: http://en.luthieros.com/learn-to-play-the-lyre

| Hear how our ancient lyres sound:
(1) Hear how the “Game of Thrones” theme song would sound like if it was played in Ancient Greece (must-see), hear audio recordinga from various of our lyres, or watch players around the world playing ancient melodies with Luthieros Music Instruments: http://en.luthieros.com/be-inspired-by-players-around-the-world
(2) Check the latest music album by world-known lyre player, Michael Levy, using Luthieros’ Lyre of Apollo! Support his music on iTunes or his website: http://www.ancientlyre.com/

| Check a short presentation of “The Lyre 2.0 Project”:
https://vimeo.com/85653759 (in English)

| Read the extended review of one of our lyres by the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world: http://www.ancientlyre.com/the_lyre_20_project/

* Dozens of music stringed instruments around the world are direct descendants of the ancient Greek lyre: gue (Scotland), rote (England), crwth (Wales), hearpe (Germanic or Anglo-Saxon lyre), giga (Norway), talharpa (Estonia), jouhikko (Finland), knar (Armenia), lutnia (Poland), kinnor (Israel), sarangi (Nepal), sammu or tanbura or zami or zinar (Iraq, Arabian peninsula, Yemen), barbat or ektara (Pakistan), ektara (India and Bangladesh), nares-jux (Siberia), chang (Iran), kissar or tanbura or simsimiyya (Egypt, Sudan), begena or dita or krar (Ethiopia), endongo or ntongoli (Uganda), kibugander or litungu or nyatiti or obokano (Kenya) and litungu (Tanzania).

** Minor alterations might be present in the final instrument (regarding the colour or the kind of wood that was used for smaller parts) that you will receive in comparison with the images. For this reason, every instrument from the Luthieros team is undoubtedly unique. In case though you want the exact model that was photographed, please state it during the checkout!

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