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Viol, possibly bass

Viol that looks somewhat like a cello, with an arched back, overhanging edges, f-holes, and a tailgut mounting for the tailpiece. However, the broad neck and sloping upper back are typical of the viol, and the pegbox was made for six strings. The belly is carved from two pieces of softwood, while the back, also of two pieces, is of figured maple. The neck, fingerboard and tailpiece are modern replacements, though the pegbox is original.

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  • Maker:
    Amati, Girolamo I [Person]
  • Collection:
    Ashmolean Museum
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  • Place of production:
    Cremona (Timezone: Europe/Rome)
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  • Materials:pine, maple, golden brown varnish
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  • Inscriptions:inscription/mark: Anonius & Hieronymus fr. Amat [...] / CremoneƱ AndreƦ fil. F.1611 (the date added in pen and ink) (Printed label)
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  • Repository:Ashmolean Museum
  • Measurements:1098 mm overall length; 628 mm of belly length; 327 mm upper bout (back) width; 210 mm middle bout width (back) width; 398 mm lower bout (back) width; 623 mm string length