1/72 Ancient Musicians 1

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1/72 Miniature Figures Romans
Roman Musicians with Flutes / Aulos (Phersu AMU 2)

Ancient Musicians with Flutes / Aulos, suitable for public events ore a private banquet. Very beautiful and high-quality 1/72 figures, manufactured in a small series of Resin. Excellent for dioramas and modelling.

Phersu AMU 1
Content: 6 different roman figures in 1/72, not painted
Material: Resin



Infos Phersu:

"Ancient Musicians
A set of ancient musicians with various instruments.

I tried to make these figures with generic and versatile clothes, so they can be used in various sceneries.
There are many possible sceneries: theater or musical concerts, public or private feasts, and in some cases battlefields too.

Music was diffused more or less everywhere, some ancient cultures had a great musical attitude, and even a real mania in some cases.
I think Etruscans are the most impressive example, from the evidences and chronicles it seem that they used to play music most all time, in the every day as well as in the military life, privately or publicly, even during the agriculture and animal breeding works!

LYRA PLAYERS - citaredos: lyra, cetra and kitara players
Lyras, tetras, and kitaras were the ancestors of our modern guitars.
We don't know how they evolved, maybe they were developed from bows, burins or other items with a tight strings (it's easy to notice that a tightrope produce a sound).
But could be the opposite, maybe the other tools and weapons were developed from an original musical instrument, their technical purpose is less intuitive than the instinctive musical use after all.
It seem that the first instruments with multiple strings and sound box were developed in East or Egypt, they spread everywhere especially within Greeks and Romans.

I add the lyres strings (not included in the figure casting) to the instruments with a thin plastic thread, but they can be made also with any other suitable thread.

FLUTISTS - auletes: aulos players
The flutes are probably the most ancient musical instrument, except from the simple percussions.
Often called tibiae (shinbones) because made of such bone, but they could be made of cane or other cord woods.

The double flutes are separate and can be replaced with something else, with a pan flute for example.

The early trumpets were the tubae, they probably were also invented in the East, and they became diffused everywhere.
It seem they were originally used as a caustic signals rather than for music, and only later developed and used as musical instruments.
For example it seem the Etruscans learned to use tubae from Phoenicians as naval signals, and then they used these instruments mainly for music. Then the Romans acquired this instruments from Etruscan and develop it further more using it at orchestral level.

Like flutes one of the tuba is separate from the figure, so it can be replaced with something else.

HORN PLAYERS - bucinators: buccina (or cornicem) players
Cornicem evolved from the simple animal horn, and it developed into modern brass horns.
The simple animal horn was diffused most everywhere since very ancient times, like the tuba was used mainly as caustic signal.
At some time someone studied how to enhance the horn dimensions (and the the sound too), in the same way someone developed it further to create a proper musical instrument.
So the buccinae  (called also cornicem) were born.
Some early rough cornicems smaller ant thinner were present already in the Ellenistic period, but the first prototypes probably were more ancient.
The instruments on the figures are late Ellenistic or Roman classical type, they were still used mostly used as caustic signals, but also as for fanfares and orchestral music.
They were particularly diffused within the Roman legions, the "bucinator" was a common figure like the signifer with a standard.

I add a thin strip of paper to make the middle belt on the cornicems, it's not always necessary as not all the cornicems had it, and perhaps is not in the right position but I liked it.

Finally there are the timpanums, the drums.
They were of many kinds, from small tambourines to big bass drums and so on…
Aparently the only difference with modern drums I spotted on most images is the smaller sound box.


The figures are meant to be all with bare feet, the most versatile choice.
In most cases the figures are ok without footwear,
otherwise eventual shoes, soles and strings can be painted on the bare feet.
For instance it would be difficult to remove a footwear to get a bare foot if you need it.
I always prefer bare feet figures, painting the strings is already tricky, having to paint them on bas-relief just complicate the job and strings often come out too thick.

Another possible missing detail is the capistrum, some kind of string around the head that on the front supported the flutists lips.
I didn't made any flutist with such capistrum because is not always present on the representations.
Eventually it can be added in many ways if needed, like for the footwear.

These figures are made mainly for dioramas, the stand bases are not included with the figures, I put the bases just for the set exposition."


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