This instrument (also spelled pouchette) was named for the 'pocket' or 'pouch' it travelled in. It was also called the "Kit" and the "Dance Masters Violin". It was popular with traveling dance instructors in medieval times who could both play it for the required music or alternately, wave it for the needed baton!
The physican craftmanship is ornate and delicate. Obviously it was designed to fit a particular need and not for any ear to tonal quality. Its voice is thin and reedy but it has more volume than you might expect!
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