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Of wrought iron. Rectangular cross-section wtih rounded corners; a little smaller at the top. Large, square loop-shaped handle with a wide integral handgrip, grooved in the upper side; the handle continued within the loop through the holes in the upper wall, forming a long loop with the stem of...

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Before 1916, apparently used and found at Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England; by 1916, acquired by Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by 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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

14th century

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Height 32.4 cm, width 18.4 cm, depth 12.8 cm (Height 12 3/4 in., width 7 1/4 in., depth 5 1/16 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones