It is a stringed instrument developed in 1500s, its back part is flat and has a sickle-shaped pegbox. The neck part is covered with frets and the number of the steel or brass made strings is changeable and they are played by pulling. It was prefered by amateur musicians because it was cheap. As the guitar became widespread in the early 19th century, the popularity of the Cister was overshadowed. The Cister we have is a replica of the one displayed in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) and developed by Gaspara De Salo from Brescia in 1560s.

Built by Wolfgang Ott