John Knotts

Bulls headed Lyre of Ur

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I have built a replica of the Bulls headed Lyre found at UR Mesopotamia (Iraq) in 1929 by Sir James Woolley. This was the Queens Lyre the fore-runner of all stringed instruments 5000 years ago. 

In the Iraq war the Americans failed to stop the Baghdad museum being looted and the original Lyre was destroyed and the gold looted. In 2003 Andy Lowings of the British museum raised a charity to re-create this famous instrument probably one of only 3 playable instruments created in the world. The British museum replica is valued at about $1.2 million. They raised funding for 750 grams of gold.

The British museum has enthusiastically supported me in this project. Andy Lowings will be in Tauranga in December and will tune the instrument. I require funding for the gold which I will plate by electroplating onto copper. A much cheaper option. An Auckland company is also able to electroplate the bulls head. This process has several coatings over the wooden head. The first is an epoxpy coating up to .005mm then a conductive aluminium coating, followed by copper, then nickel then the final gold which can be from 1 micron to 1mm thick. This is the most costly process.

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  • COMPLETED PROJECT I NEED STRINGS $1800

    34 MONTHS AGO

    Please contribute to the cost of special gut strings. These are imported from UK

    COMPLETED PROJECT I NEED STRINGS $1800