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One-piece back of maple with irregular curl. Ribs similar. Neck of plain maple. Crude scroll with little undercutting. Two-piece belly of wide irregular grain pine (?). No purfling. Three extant tuning pegs; one commercial of ebony, one homemade of hardwood, and one improvised from the...

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1976, gift of Harold Priest, Harvard Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1976)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

early 19th century

Object Place

Possibly New England region, United States


Length 61 cm, width 20.6 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, pine


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones