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The nine muses.

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The nine muses.
Bineteau, P. (Lithographer)
Rey, A. (Engraver)

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Mythology -- Muses

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1844 - 1861
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC WON MYT-Mus
Shelf locator: PC-WON OX MYT-Mus
Muses (Greek deities)
Goddesses -- Greek
Flute players
Hides & skins
Pipes (Musical instruments)
Chairs -- To 499
Hairstyles -- Greece -- To 499
Stools -- To 499
Columns -- Greece
Greeks -- Clothing & dress -- To 499
lyres -- To 1899
Content: Cos is a Greek island, part of the Dodecanese group, near Turkey. A "cecryphale" was a head covering like a kerchief. An "ocladias" was a folding stool with its legs usually having feet shaped like animal paws. A "heptachord" was a lyre with seven strings.
Content: Light foxing around edges of image. Written below picture: [Left to right] Euterpe in a tunic from Cos plays the double flute ... Clio, muse of history, reads, a heron at her feet. Urania, muse of astronomy, hair enveloped in a cecryphale ... carries a casket in the form of a temple with two stars. Polymnia on an ocladias covered with a panther skin plays a large triangular lyre. Calliope plays a lyre heptac[h]ord. Erato plays a primitive lyre with a tortoise carapace ... Melpomene holds a casket filled with riches. Thalia looks on. Terpsichore playing [sic] a double flute ... Pinacotheque Museum, Munich."
Content: The Muses were nine sisters who each personified one of the arts and sciences. Euterpe=Music, Clio=History, Urania=Astronomy, Polymnia (sometimes "Polyhymnia")=Religious hymns and dances, Calliope (chief of the Muses)=Epic poetry, Erato=Lyric and love poetry, Melpomene=Tragic drama, Thalia=Comedy, Terpsichore=Choral singing and group dancing. Each Muse was usually shown holding a symbol of her field of endeavor.
Source note: Elite des monuments céramographiques : matériaux pour l''histoire des religions et des moeurs de l''antiquité. (Paris : Leleux, 1844-1861) Lenormant, Charles (1802-1859), Author.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : b ; 31 x 51.5 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 03ab7c40-c5bf-012f-381f-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1844: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "The nine muses." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1844 - 1861. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-643e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "The nine muses." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 21, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-643e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1844 - 1861). The nine muses. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-643e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The nine muses.