Female figure with tympanon in polychromatic terracotta. Percussion instruments were frequently used in ceremonies associated with Dionysian cults. The tympanon in particular – which according to myth was invented by Dionysus himself – was used to set the tempo of the dance. This was done by beating an ox hide stretched over a wooden or metal hoop fitted with handles.


  • Title: Figured terracotta
  • Date Created: Late 3rd century BC
  • Location Created: Taranto, Arsenale Marittimo, 1908
  • Physical Dimensions: 22,5 cm (height)
  • Medium: Polychromatic terracotta
  • Room: Room XIII, showcase 27, 11.1

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