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Shield-shaped guitar (Wappengitarre)

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Back, ribs, and belly of burled walnut veneer over substrate of softwood. Semicircular cutouts encircling soundhole. Neck and pegbox of walnut; neck angle adjustable with watch-key screw at heel. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of ebony with eighteen frets of ivory. Nut,...

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Printed label fragment: Laute …


By 2000, sold by a dealer, Germany, to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2000, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeffrey and Andrew Remis

about 1835

Object Place

Bregenz, Austria


Length 97.2 cm, width 31 cm (Length 38 1/4 in., width 12 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Walnut, spruce, ebony, ivory, cow bone, mother-of-pearl, sheep gut, copper


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones