On some psalteries the strings were plucked, on others they were struck, and still others they were bowed. Plucked psalteries are probably of the oldest variety of psaltery, being very similar to a small harp or zither. Look at this reference from thousands of years ago in the Bible. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
But though the plucked psaltery dates far back in history, the bowed psaltery is a much more recent invention. There are numerous historical claims as to when the first bowed psaltery was actually introduced, but I believe that it was probably not until the early to mid 20th century that there was such an instrument in the form that is seen and played today. That is to say, a fully chromatic psaltery in a triangular shape, played with a bow, with strings running down both left and right sides. Please see photos as they are part of the description. Return within 14 days of receiving your item.Stated in the item description above. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & DJ Equipment\String\Other String Instruments".spinocchia" and is located in this country: GB.
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