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Man Playing the Pipes

Phrygia was a state in north-central Anatolia (modern Turkey). It is believed to be the land of the legendary King Midas—famous for his "golden touch." Phrygian artists were known for their metalwork, and this small statuette is a fine example of their skill. This standing figure wears a type of pointed cap known as a Phrygian cap, and he plays a pipe that is made from a selection of differently sized reeds. The Greeks also used this type of musical instrument and called it a "pan-pipe" after Pan, their goat-footed god of pastures and woodlands. Given the widespread pastoral associations, it is possible that this figure represents a shepherd.

Phrygian (Anatolia)
Man Playing the Pipes
8th–7th century BC
Bronze, cast solid
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.34.53