Lyre Guitar

Description (Brief)
This lyre guitar was made by an unknown maker, probably France around 1800-1820. It is a nine course (9x1) guitar with three soundholes and an elaborately carved head. This popular “parlor” instrument was also known in France as "lyre anacréontique" and in England as "Apollo lyre."
Currently not on view
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overall: 38 3/4 in x 19 7/8 in x 6 in; 98.425 cm x 50.4825 cm x 15.24 cm
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Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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