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guitar 1890, America The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

guitar 1890, America The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lute | Maler, Laux | V&A Search the Collections

Lute by Maler, Laux, ca. The lute is made up of eleven ribs of figured maple, held togoether with vellum, cloth and glue.

Mid-18th century Austrian mute viola d'amore. The lack of openings in the soundbox would dampen the instrument's resonance, leading to a quieter sound – hence the name.

century Austrian Mute viola d'amore at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - The lack of openings in the soundbox would damper the instrument's resonance, leading to a quieter sound - hence the name.

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Archlute_(or_Theorbo)_(c.1650)_by_Michael_Seelos,_Venice_-_back_-_MIM_Brussels_(2015-05-30_2015-05-30_07.28.01_by_chibicode).jpg (2760×4912)

Vendelinu Venere ( Vienna Khm 616) Ivory multiribbed lute. See www.jminstruments.com to buy an affordable copy based on this instrument.

Vendelinu Venere ( Vienna Khm 616) Ivory multiribbed lute. See www.jminstruments.com to buy an affordable copy based on this instrument.

Mouth organ (sho)  1715 Fujiwara Masaoki (Japanese, active early 18th century)  Object Place: Yawata, Japan

This Japanese sho, or mouth organ, is based on a very similar Chinese instrument called the sheng which has been in use for about three thousand years.

Lute | Maler, Laux | V&A Search the Collections

Lute by Maler, Laux, ca. 1540 (made). The lute is made up of eleven ribs of figured maple, held togoether with vellum, cloth and glue.