Fiddle (lyra) and bow

19th century

Object Place: Greece


Length 44 cm, width 14.7 cm (Length 17 5/16 in., width 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Musical Instruments



Pear-shaped body made of a solid piece of wood, with integral neck and head, and vaulted back. Sound space hollowed out and covered with pine sound-board with two semi-circular sound-hoels. Three gut strings attached by wire loops to a boss at the bottom; movable bridge; two outer strings are attached in front directly to the sagittal posterior pegs, the middle strin being guided by a small slotted peg. At the back oif the head there are reinforcing bosses providing extra stock for tuning peg-holes and supporting trefoils of the head-board.


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