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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 681
This elaborately decorated instrument is a modern version of the Arab lute, whose history in the Near East reaches back to the 7th century. The Ud is the ancestor of Europe's lute, which in turn influenced other, later European instruments.
Marking: (paper label) Les fils de/Gamil Georges/168, Rue Kalaa (Mohamed Aly) Caire/Achat et vente/toutes sortes d'instruments/de musique reparations/ en tout genres 1977(?) (also in Arabic).
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