Psaltery or Dulcimer, Antonio Battaglia, 1769

Psaltery or Dulcimer, Antonio Battaglia, 1769

spruce (wood), w 75.2cm × d 35.5cm × h 9.0cm More details

The dulcimer was played using hand-held hammers and may thus be seen as the forerunner of the piano. The variable dynamics and magical expression of the so-called Pantalon, the giant dulcimer invented by Pantaleon Hebenstreit, inspired many harpsichord makers to use hammer actions in their instruments. This small instrument belonged to Stadholder William V.

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