Lyre (rotte, after 5th to 7th-century German type)

late 19th century


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Height 78.5 cm, width 17.3 cm, depth 2.8 cm (Height 30 7/8 in., width 6 13/16 in., depth 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1767

Medium or Technique

Oak

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Shallow box of oak with two extended arms, made of one piece of oak, hollowed at the lower half; thin oaken sound-board. Separate yoke joined with arms and held by oaken pins. Two narrow slits at the junction of the sound-board and arms for affixing the supporting cord which was attached to the arm of the player. Six gut strings, lower-end fastening type, attached to the boss projecting from the body; frontal type fastening of tuning ends; iron tuning pins inserted into the yoke, anterior type. Movable bridge. The original is in the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin.

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