The Kildare harp

details of carving on neck & pillar

The harp is heavily decorated with wood carvings, some separately applied, and black and white geometric painted patterns.

The soundbox has carved soundholes, enhanced with white paint.

The neck is of an unusual form with a double-curve, though the line of strings is straight so there is a kind of optical illusion about the shape. The top of the neck has carved scrolls and masks including a back-turned scroll at the very tip,

The pillar, as well as bearing the crest and inscription, has zebra stripes painted all along the side, which continue along the neck. The neck-pillar joint has a painted roundel.


Simon Chadwick