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Lira

Maker:
possibly Küçük Izmitli (Greek, İzmit, active late 19th century)
Date:
ca. 1900
Geography:
Greece; Turkey
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Wood, tortoiseshell
Dimensions:
Height: 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm) Width: 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
Purchase, Robert Alonzo Lehman Bequest, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.378
Not on view
The lira is a descendant of the rebec, a bowed folk and minstrel instrument of the late Middle Ages. The ancient type survives in Greece and other countries of the southern Balkans, but rarely as elaborately decorated as this one. Shown here without a bow, this lira has a reconstructed bridge.
Tony Bingham ]
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 157, ill.



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