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Keyed fiddle (nyckelharpa) and bow

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An elongated oval body with very small middle bouts, carved with its neck and peg-board from a solid block of pine. Highly arched belly of pine, with two large oval sound-holes and one small heart-shaped hole beneath the key-box. The key-box is attached to the neck and contains twenty-three...

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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 80.5 cm, width 18.5 cm (Length 31 11/16 in., width 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones