Diavlos

Diavlos

Length 53.5cm, diameter 1.4cm
Reed with wooden volvous
A pair of avli (plural of avlos) with double reed which play simultaneously. The diavlos had the unique property of the one avlos playing the melody while the other avlos accompanied the tune.  We come across this twin avlos usually accompanying the chorus in ancient Greek tragedies or in various religious or communal ceremonies.
In archaic and classical pottery painting the diavlos is often illustrated as having equal lengths.