Italian Virginal

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Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by an unknown maker in Italy, in the 17th century. It is a rectangular-shaped virginal with a compass of C/E - c3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. The instrument has a cypress soundboard, and boxwood naturals and ebony accidentals. The soundboard contains a parchment rose in a six-segment pattern .
The inseparable case is made of painted wood with painted garlands, bows and fruit. The instrument was acquired without a stand or legs.
Currently not on view
date made
17th century
place made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 9 1/2 in x 54 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in; 24.13 cm x 138.43 cm x 44.45 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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