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Fiddle (lyra) and bow

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Pear-shaped body made of a solid piece of wood, with integral neck and head, and vaulted back. Sound space hollowed out and covered with pine sound-board with two semi-circular sound-hoels. Three gut strings attached by wire loops to a boss at the bottom; movable bridge; two outer strings are...

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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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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Length 44 cm, width 14.7 cm (Length 17 5/16 in., width 5 13/16 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones