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Lute (sanxian)

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Inscription

In ink on front of neck spike: [one Chinese character]

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

19th century

Object Place

China

Dimensions

Length 87.3 cm, width 15.5 cm, thickness 7.2 cm (Length 34 3/8 in., width 6 1/8 in., thickness 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2051

Medium or Technique

Wood, snakeskin

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones