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Lute (yueqin)

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Inscribed on belly: [two red seals]; on back: [three red seals]; on belly at right: three Chinese characters = saku un ryo (maker cloud[s] over [more than]); on belly at left: three Chinese characters = ?; on back: [long poem in Chinese characters]; inside of top and back: [many more Chinese characters]


Before 1981, gift to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York [likely during a trip in Japan]; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

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Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

about 1886

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Length 65.9 cm, diameter 36.7 cm, thickness 4.3 cm (Length 25 15/16 in., diameter 14 7/16 in., thickness 1 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Paulownia and other woods


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones