Perrot and Chipiez, Histoire de l’art

The interior decoration of an engraved bronze bowl is reproduced here in a drawing. The engraving depicts a Canaanite orchestra. On the lower right, a double pipe, asymmetrical lyre and frame-drum ensemble plays for seven dancers who probably sing as they dance, as do most folk dancers even today. The Canaanite orchestra often appears on so-called “Phoenician” bowls and ivories, which have been found from Mesopotamia to Italy. This bowl, only 5 inches in diameter, was made in the ninth or eighth century B.C. It was found on Cyprus, at Idalion.