Zither (epinette des Voges)

19th century

Object Place: France


Length 64.3 cm, width 7.9 cm, height 2.8 cm (Length 25 5/16 in., width 3 1/8 in., height 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Musical Instruments



A narrow sound-box with two heart-shaped sound-holes. Peg-box with scroll at the top; five lateral pegs. Metal strings with the lower end frontal fastening. Two stopped melody strings passing over fourteen metal frets set in the sound-board. Three open strings. The ends of the pins are protected at the lower end by an ornamented guard. Played in the horizontal position with the peg-box at the player’s left.


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