Kentigern Harp

Sound file of Kentigern

Video of Kentigern

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 Saint 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.   

Strings:  23 gut

Range:  c-d'''

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:  2.5 kg 

Price - £1670

The Kentigern above has an antique Georgian finish. We offer a choice of clear, Georgian or Jacobean - all are the same price! See 'Choosing a Finish' page.

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