This is a replica of around 14-1500’s – these instruments were popular from the early 14th century, generally rectangular in shape with strings running parallel to the keyboard. Small square soundboard at one end only. When a key is pressed down the other end bobs up and hits the string from underneath with a metal tangent attached to the end of the key.
With most of the strings having no soundboard under them means that this instrument, though popular for its sweet sound, was very soft in volume. This instrument was played by placing it on a table.