The nine muses.
NamesBineteau, P. (Lithographer)Rey, A. (Engraver)
Wonders: Images of the Ancient World
Mythology -- Muses
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1844 - 1861
Library locationsThe Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture CollectionShelf locator: PC WON MYT-Mus
TopicsMuses (Greek deities)Goddesses -- GreekFlute playersFlutesHides & skinsHeronsPipes (Musical instruments)BoxesChairs -- To 499Hairstyles -- Greece -- To 499Stools -- To 499Columns -- GreeceGreeks -- Clothing & dress -- To 499lyres -- To 1899
NotesContent: 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 DescriptionLithographsExtent: 1 print : b ; 31 x 51.5 cm.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersUniversal Unique Identifier (UUID): 03ab7c40-c5bf-012f-381f-58d385a7bc34
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