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The lute is made up of eleven ribs of figured maple, held togoether with vellum, cloth and glue. The label immediately below the hole is inscribed Laux Maler but is not dated. Strips of vellum, used to reinforce the glue-joints, are covered with indecypherable gothic script. The neck and head-stock were probably added in about 1967 in preparation for display in May 1968.

  • Date:
    ca. 1540 (made)
  • Maker:
    Maler, Laux
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Planed and glued ribs of figured maple
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  • Inscriptions:'Laux Maler'
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 56 cm, Width: 33 cm