The Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to one of the world's most important collections of musical instruments, many as beautiful in sight as in sound. Our enchanting ornament is based on a Renaissance lute made in 1596 by Sixtus Rauchwolff (German, 1556–1619), a prominent lute maker who is known to have made lutes for Stuttgart’s court orchestra. In the sixteenth century, the lute was the foremost instrument for solo performance.
Cast resin, hand painted. Includes a gold cord for hanging. Gift boxed. 4''H x 1 1/2''W.