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Lute (pipa)

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Music: Chun jiang hua yue ye ("Moonlit River in Spring"), traditional (performed by Kevin Zhen on a modern pipa)

Inscription

Etched in two ivory panels on neck: [numerous Chinese characters]

Provenance

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

1891

Object Place

China

Dimensions

Length 104 cm, width 30.5 cm, depth 5.5 cm (Length 40 15/16 in., width 12 in., depth 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2049

Medium or Technique

Teak, wutong wood, ivory

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones