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Lute (sanxian)

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Inscription

Paper label on front of pegbox: [several Chinese characters]; in ink on back of pegbox: [several Chinese characters]; in ink on back and front of neck spike: [a few Chinese characters]; at small ends of tuning pegs: [one Chinese character on each]

Provenance

Before 1989, Moffatt-Ladd House, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. By 1989, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America -New Hampshire (NSCDA); 1989, gift of the NSCDA to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 20, 1989)

Credit Line

Gift of the National Association of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire

19th century

Object Place

China

Dimensions

Length 83.2 cm, width 14.3 cm, thickness 7.2 cm (Length 32 3/4 in., width 5 5/8 in., thickness 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1989.699

Medium or Technique

Wood, python skin

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones