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'Soundbox painted red and decorated with chinoiseries, and on one side only with the figure of King David playing the harp, all executed in gold with black details. The carved cross-bar feet are in the shape of lion's paws, gilt. A complicated rose of cut paper, laminated and gilt. The wire strings number, on the right-hand side, twenty-two triple and double courses running up to two hitch-rails placed at different heights on the belly; and, on the left side, twenty-two courses, running up to a main hitch-rail and a shorter rail below with its surface closer to the belly.' Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-Keyboard Instruments (London, 1978), p. 74.

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    ca. 1710 (made)
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    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Painted pine wood with brass (copper alloy) leaf
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  • Inscriptions:Errette mich o Gott, von meiner Feindes Hand/ dass mich mein Feind verfolgt, ist gnügsam dir bekand. (Left had side) . Save me, O God, from the hand of my enemy/ it is known that my enemy persecutes me. On the righthand side, Vor meinen Feinden lass mich nimmer Schamroht/ Leben Vile lieber lass mein Feind mit Schanden untergeben. Never again let me blush with shame in front of my enemies/ let me live rather and let my enemies perish with disgrace.
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 114 cm, Depth: 5 cm, Width: 310 mm, Depth: 194 mm