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Lute body

" ... only the body is original. This is constructed of a mosaic of ivory and two sorts of wood [three woods have been subsequently identified: walnut, yew and ebony.] in an overall star pattern, glued to strips of parchment. There is no supporting material, but the body is surprisingly rigid, though it has become distorted in places". Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), pp. 30 - 31.

  • Date:
    about 1550. (Made)
  • Maker:
    Unverdorben, Max or Marx
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:marquetry of ivory, ebony, walnut and yew
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  • Inscriptions:MarxUnverd.... in ....netia Marx Unverdorben in Venice.
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 50 cm, Width: 33 cm