Aeolian harp

about 1960
Possibly by Lawrence Thompson (American, about 1870–about 1960)

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States, Martha's Vineyard


Length 81.3 cm, width 11 cm, height 7.8 cm (Length 32 in., width 4 5/16 in., height 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



Long rectangular body of wedge-shaped cross-section, with removable cover, made of pine throughout except for end blocks of mahogany. Two trefoil-shaped soundholes. Two fixed bridges of walnut. Twelve gut strings fixed to brass? hitch pins at one end, passing over bridges and fastened at opposite end to staggered iron zither-type tuning pins with square heads. Cover has four brass pins to locate position on body, and forms wedge-shaped air passage when in place.


By the 1970s, accessioned as source unidentified to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 22, 1989)

Credit Line

Source unidentified