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Bass viol

'Belly of two pieces of pine, with ivory edges and four lines of simulated purfling in black paint. Back of two pieces of sycamore, bent inwards in the upper part (with an interior strengthening bar at this point) and without a sharp angle. Wooden side linings. The root of the neck and the pegbox are carved in relief with scrollwork. The carved head is of a woman, Tailpiece, attached to a hook-bar, with marquetry of ebony and boxwood with a bird and a butterfly amid scrolls. Fingerboard with fine marquetry floral scrollwork in ivory and tortoiseshell, engraved and blackened, Six dark-stained pegs.' - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-Keyboard Instrments , p. 6 (London, V & A Publications, 1998)

  • Date:
    ca. 1700 (made)
  • Maker:
    Tielke, Joachim [Person]
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Planed pine and sycamore, carved wood (not identified), inlaid ivory and tortoiseshell
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 120.5 cm total, Length: 68 cm Belly of instrument, Width: 30 cm Upper bout, Width: 35 cm lower bout, Length: 67.5 cm strings