Ardival Kentigern Large Mediaeval Harp, 23 Gut Strings
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The Kentigern is a large medieval gut-strung harp with gentle curves on the arm and pillar, and is typical of European harps during the 13th-14th centuries. It has a hollowed-out soundbox made of lime and is strung with gut. It is based loosely on a 12th-century drawing from St.-Blasien, labelled "cythara anglica" or the English cythara. A cythara was an ancient Greek lyre, and the medieval artist is antiquising this contemporary harp, thereby increasing its stature.
The Kentigern rests comfortably between the player's knees. The string arm has been designed to allow the player to accurately fret semi-tones, to explore the increasing chromaticism of high medieval music. The lowest string is a retunable drone note, which can be tuned to bass G or A; the penultimate bass string is tenor c, which begins a diatonic scale up to treble c'''.
Strings: 23 gut
Range: bass G; c-c'''
Width (across soundbox) 15 cm; Depth (from end of string arm to back of soundbox) 49 cm; Length (from end of string arm to base of pillar) 88 cm
Weight: 3 kg