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Italian Virginal

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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harpsichord
date made
17th century
place made
Italy
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
MI.095236
accession number
26256
catalog number
095236
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Harpsichords
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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