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Cittern (Portuguese guitar)

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One-piece back and ribs of walnut. Belly of fine-grain spruce with multi-line purfling along edges and encircling soundhole. Neck and sickle-shaped head of maple terminating in scroll. Watch-key tuning mechanism of brass with knurled knobs fanning out from top. Fingerboard of rosewood with...

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Printed label: José Paulo Ferreira / Fabricante de violas, guita[rra]s, bandolins e toda / a qualidade de instrumentos de corda / pertemcentes á sua arte / Concerta com perfeicao instruments antigos / R. 24 de Julho. Patoo da Torrinha. 32 / LISBOA / [handwritten: 1372]


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

late 19th century

Object Place

Lisbon, Portugal


Length 68.5 cm, width 28.9 cm (Length 26 15/16 in., width 11 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Walnut, spruce


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones