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Iconography Inspiration - "The Ark"

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The Ark

Ark of the Covenant brought unto His place; the Levites singing
Engraving by Adriaen Collaert

Adriaen Collaert (ca. 1560 – 1618) was a Flemish engraver whose style exhibits great detail. Triangle iconography is found within the bound volume, Encomium Musices, comprising sixteen engravings, most of which are signed by or attributed to Collaert. The ninth engraving entitled, Ark of the Covenant brought unto his place; the Levites singing depicts a large, closed triangle with jingling rings. The instrument appears much taller than it is wide. Notably, the musician is dancing while playing the instrument.

The Collaert triangle is inspired from the engraving. It is made of bronze. The corners have been hand ground and fitted, and then brazed closed. A gray patina has been chosen to match the hue of the image. The triangle is 21h x 16 ½”w by 5/8”d.  The beater is slightly tapered.

Each triangle comes with:

  • a FREE “floating wall-mount” print of the iconographic subject that has been printed onto a 12” x 12” or 11” x 9” piece of rigid aluminum.
  • a FREE carrying case featuring custom-cut foam, lockable zipper, and shoulder strap.


Iconography Inspiration

Iconography is the primary source for our knowledge of the history of the triangle, and provides insight into the musical and social context in which the instrument developed. The history of the triangle is a bit different from the history of other musical instruments. For example, looking at the history of the violin we know of master builders and craftsman. Antonio Stradivari has long been known for creating the finest violins ever made. The workmanship and sound of his instruments are unparalleled to this day. Conversely, the triangle has taken a different path through history. There is no known triangle craftsman with a similar reputation as Stradivari. There is no archetypal instrument from centuries past acknowledged as the world’s finest. There does not exist a quintessential “baroque triangle” or “renaissance triangle”. We do not have an exemplary “triangle of Mozart’s day”. Rather, what we DO have, is extraordinary, beautiful VARIETY—variety in size, shape, dimension, proportion, level of craftsmanship, and ornamentation, as seen in iconography. It is this variety that has inspired me to create these instruments.

I have chosen several pieces of triangle iconography that I found inspiring, and set about the process of bringing them to life. The instruments have been made by hand, one at a time, and have all been hand-hammered, hand-bent, and hand-finished. I have paid close attention to the size of the triangle as seen in the image, relative to what or who is around it.

My hope is that the uniqueness of the instruments’ look will inspire others as it has inspired me.


Please allow 2 - 3 weeks delivery.


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