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Psaltery (kantele)

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Bottom and sides of birch carved from solid block. Soundboard of pine. Two soundholes: one circular and one cross-shaped. Tuning pegs of wood. Bridge near tuning pegs of iron. Twelve strings, attached at lower ends to rod of iron held in place by holes in case flanges.


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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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Length 69.5 cm, width 21.7 cm, height 7.2 cm (Length 27 3/8 in., width 8 9/16 in., height 2 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Birch, pine


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones