Clavicytherium

AH 1978.0014 Early 17th century, modified in the 19th century Italy Wood, brass, parchment, ivory In the centuries before television and the internet offered endless options for amusement, music was the primary form of family entertainment. Some played instruments, others sang, and those who lacked musical talents were appreciative audience members. Musical performances were especially popular during the long, dark nights of winter. For that reason, Agecroft’s collection of musical instruments is currently on view in the house. Some instruments of the Tudor period look familiar to modern eyes. The lute, for example, is clearly one of the forerunners of the modern guitar. Others look more exo

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