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Cittern (English guitar)

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Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Edges of back and belly edged with binding of ebony. Painted purfling along edges of back, ribs, and belly, and encircling soundhole. Rose of stamped brass with bird amongst foliage, and retaining ring of ivory. Neck and sickle-shaped...

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1927, gift of Mary C. Wheelwright, Boston, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 2007)

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Gift of Miss Mary C. Wheelwright

late 18th century

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Length 72.5 cm, width 30.6 cm (Length 28 9/16 in., width 12 1/16 in.)

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Maple, spruce, ebony, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones