Tombstone engraving of a Pneumatic Organ

Tombstone engraving of a Pneumatic Organ

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Engraved image of a pneumatic organ on the tomb of Rusticus, Rome, 4th century AD. The organ was a popular musical instrument in Ancient Rome and the hydraulis, or water organ, was the original version. Air was displaced by water that was pumped into a jar to sound the variously pitched pipes. The hydraulis was gradually replaced by the pneumatic or air-powered organ, in which the hydraulic mechanism was changed to a bellows system operated by hand or feet.

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Keywords: 4th century a.d., air powered, arts, bellows, classical, culture, hydraulic, hydraulis, music, organ, pneumatic, roman, rome, water organ

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