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Red paper label on soundboard: [numerous Chinese characters]; red paper labels along each bridge: [Chinese characters, presumably for each note name]; stamped on both sides of tuning hammer: [several Chinese characters]


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

19th century

Object Place

Guangzhou, China


Length 70 cm, width 25 cm, height 11 cm (Length 27 9/16 in., width 9 13/16 in., height 4 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Paulownia wood, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones