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Charles van Raalte

Hurdy-Gurdy

Period:
18th Century
Description:
This small hurdy gurdy with its bell shaped body which has been decorated in gilt with the wheel cover black japanned and decorated with a gilt chinoiserie scene. The keybox has been added later and has ten bone and thirteen mahogany keys. The head which has also been added later is carved with a female mask. Hurdy-gurdys were string instruments with the strings being plucked automatically by a revolving wheel which was turned by the player using a handle.
Materials/Media:
bone, mahogany, iron, ivory, gilt
Dimensions:
L 457mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MI/A17
Digital Number:
EAMU007n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council