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tastefully shaped and embellished, some interesting sculptured re­presentations are still extant in the old ecclesiastical edifices of
England and Scotland. There is, for instance, in Beverley minster
a figure of a man playing on a single regal, or a regal provided with only one set of pipes; and in Melrose abbey the figure of an angel holding in his amis a double regal, the pipes of which are in two sets. The regal generally had keys like those of the organ but smaller. A painting in the national Gallery, by Melozzo da Forli who lived in the fifteenth century, contains a regal which has keys of a peculiar shape, rather resembling the pistons of certain brass in­struments. The illustration has been drawn from that painting.
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