Lyre Guitar

Description (Brief)
This guitar was made in Italy in the 19th century by an unknown maker. It is a six course (6x1) lyre-shaped guitar with a pine top, maple back, black lacquer sides, with two circular sound holes and a flat bottom. This popular “parlor” instrument was also known in France as "lyre anacréontique" and in England as "Apollo lyre."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
guitar
Date made
1800-1899
Measurements
overall: 31 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in; 80.01 cm x 34.29 cm x 10.4775 cm
place made
Italy
Italy
ID Number
MI*378923
catalog number
378923
accession number
147093
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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