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A miniature virginals with a single keyboard. True inner-outer case construction. Compass F,G, A to f2 (35 keys). Although there are 35 keys, there are spaces for only 33 jacks and strings. The g1-sharp and e2-flat keys have no associated strings or jacks. The natural keys are ivory and decorated with red arabesques. The dark coloured accidentals are decorated with gold arabesques. One rose, triangular in shape with the left side concave-shaped. The centre is layered, in the manner of wedding cake roses, with delicate tracery of paper and veneer. The soundboard is decorated with painted flowers and dark blue borders. The instrument itself and the interior of the outer case are gilded on all surfaces and painted with fruits and flowers and colourful border patterns. The exterior of the outer case is upholstered in the form of a velvet-covered cushion, consisting of two halves hinged together. Motto painted in black on the jackrail: SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI MDLXXV


Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: whole)

314.122-6-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zithers) sounded by plectrum, with keyboard
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Chordophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  virginal
object name:  virginal
catalogue title:  314.122-6-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zithers) sounded by plectrum, with keyboard

Germany; Europe
Additional place information
made or collected:  Italy 
Date made
Additional date information

Materials & techniques
wood; ivory; metal thread; metal; gold; pigment
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)
material: gold (overall)
material: ivory (overall)
material: metal (overall)
material: pigment (overall)
material: metal thread (overall)
overall: 70 x 438 x 175 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 70 x 438 x 175 mm

This instrument is traditionally played by young girls and women.

Related subjects
object name: virginals
title: 314.122-6-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zithers) sounded by plectrum, with keyboard

Record created 1999-12-26
Record last updated 2019-07-26

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