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Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments describes the instrument as a ‘Long-necked lute of the Han Chinese’; the three strings, tuned a 4th and a 5th apart, are plucked with the fingernails or a plectrum. Consists of a long neck that extends through the body and has a ‘spatula-shaped scroll’; three hexagonal tapered pegs inserted from opposite sides of the peg box; bridge is missing; oval-shaped body covered on both sides with ?snake skin; piece of faded cord tied around the neck.

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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Overall length: 916mm. Projecting neck length: 746mm. Body: 160mm long, 141mm wide, 67mm deep.