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This is an half-spike lute in which the neck does not extend all the way through the body of the instrument, but stops inside the resonator. The long, waisted canoe-shaped resonator body is carved from a single block of wood and is covered with animal skin, laced on the back with hide in a woven net pattern. The cylindrical neck pierces the top of the soundtable and terminates at the soundhole in a triple spiked-fork shape, where the strings are tied. There are three strings of vegetable fibers attached to the neck with adjustable leather hoops/strips. Two of the strings are anchored with brass wire. The bridge is missing. There is a thin strap of leather attached.

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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.33 Half-spike lutes or tanged lutes
  • Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 505mm; Width: 80mm; Depth: 70mm