Cittern (Creta)

On display


  • Title

    Cittern (Creta)

  • Artist/maker

    Girolamo Virchi (c. 1523 - after 1574)
  • Associated place

    Italy (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1570
  • Material and technique

    maple, larch (possibly), blue stone, ivory, glass, beads

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    79.9 cm overall (length)
    37.05 cm body (length)
    23.45 cm body (width)
    4.85 cm body (neck) (depth)
    1.7 cm body (tail) (depth)
    46.5 cm (length)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by W. E. Hill & Sons, 1939.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 39 | Music and Tapestry
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Boyden, David D., The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford/OUP, 1969), 33

Whiteley, Jon, Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns, and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2008), 72; 75, illus. 72-75

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