September 25, 2015 2048 × 770 Tiba The tibia was sounded with a double reed, and two pipes would have been played simultaneously. Often played in pairs, tibia were widespread throughout the Mediterranean world. They varied in length and construction and were used in many contexts: funerals, sacrificial rites, banquets, boxing matches, marriages and games.” Late Roman, Syrian, ca. 1–500 CE. Photo © New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.