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Viol, possibly bass

This viol has several features that are typical of the sixteenth century: the tailpiece, mounted on a hook bar, the sloping upper back, the indented middle bouts with pointed corners, and the c-shaped sound holes with central nicks. The ball-like scroll with a single central flute is an early variant of the scroll head in its more familiar form. The three-lobed gothic rose is placed over a strengthening bar, which cuts across the opening. This is a type of viol, found elsewhere in northern Italy, which may also have been made in Spain or for the Spanish market.

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    Bertolotti da Salò, Gasparo
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    Ashmolean Museum
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    Brescia (Timezone: Europe/Rome)
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  • Inscriptions:inscription/mark: Gaspar da Salo in Brescia (Label printed)
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  • Repository:Ashmolean Museum
  • Measurements:645 mm of belly length; 335 mm upper bout (back) width; 224 mm middle bout (back) width; 410 mm lower bout (back) width; 592 mm string length