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Lute (pastiche, after 17th-century Italian type)

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Back comprised of twenty-three ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Wide side pieces. Four-piece belly of irregular-grain softwood. Crude separate rose of parchment in geometrical pattern. Neck of hardwood veneered with ebony and ivory in herringbone pattern....

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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)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

late 19th century

Object Place

Florence, Italy


Length 65.5 cm, width 29.2 cm, depth 14.4 cm (Length 25 13/16 in., width 11 1/2 in., depth 5 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones