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Aeolian harp

This Aeolian harp is an instrument that is meant to be sounded by natural wind. Usually, this simple form was tailored to fit a sash window, thus forcing the wind to blow across the strings. The name "Aeolian" is associated with Aeolus who, in Greek mythology, was the keeper of the winds. This particular example is said to have belonged to the author Lewis Carroll, made by P. Crosthwaite of Keswick. It has a rectangular wooden soundbox with accommodation for six strings, secured to the hitch pins that are inserted on one end of the box (long axis), and probably mounted on hardwood blocks inside the soundbox. The tuning pins are made of wood.