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Tenor viol

Classic English viol with characteristic tapering shoulders, a front assembled from five lengths of spruce, joined along the grain, and inlaid with double purfling. The back is of pearwood. The back and sides are undecorated apart from the purfling, but the cheeks and back of the pegbox are ornamented with a typical foliate design, carved in light relief against a ground that has been patterned with a metal punch. The bearded head, with flowing locks, wearing a classical wreath, is vigorously chiselled and is possibly original. The neck, fingerboard, tailpiece, and pegs are modern.

  • Maker:
    Blunt, Richard
  • Collection:
    Ashmolean Museum
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  • Place of production:
    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Materials:maple, pine
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  • Repository:Ashmolean Museum
  • Measurements:1040 mm overall length; 555 mm of belly length; 268 mm upper bout (back) width; 195 mm middle bout (back) width; 316 mm lower bout (back) width; 585 mm string length