Lute (Accepted)

Lute (Period)

A lute is a stringed musical instrument, popular throughout Europe from the 13th Century onward [Grove 15:334].  Its rounded back and angled pegbox distinguished it from the gittern and other stringed instruments; it had from four to six courses of strings, depending on period, and was played with a plectrum.  The lute was not a common charge in period, but an example is found in the canting arms of the Seigneur de Lusse, mid-16th C. [GAC fo.404r].  The lute is affronty by Society default, with its pegbox to chief.

Variants of the lute include the “kobza” or Ukrainian lute, similar to a standard lute but with a very short neck; and the “mandolin”, which was developed post-period, and is no longer permitted.

Duncan of Bannockburn bears:  Azure, three lutes bendwise sinister Or.

Bryan McDonal O’Cathasaigh bears:  Per pale sable and gules, two lutes argent.

Bogdan Kobza bears:  Per chevron azure and argent, two Ukrainian trident heads Or and a kobza sable.

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