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Necked fiddles; tenor viol

A tenor Viol, 'cornerless', with body in an elongated figure of 8. Six strings. The belly of pine, medium to wide grain, has a line of single purfling. The back and ribs are of maple. The two-piece back is of medium horizontal irregular curl, unpurfled; the ribs of faint curl. The head and neck from another instrument, suggesting that the original viol may have been converted for use as a viola and later re-converted to its earlier state. Head and neck of plain wood, the eyes of the volute do not project. The varnish is of a reddish-brown colour showing signs of later re-touching.

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  • Materials:FI, metal thread, Gut, wood
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars
  • Repository:Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Measurements:overall: 33.9764 x 10.4331 x 6.6929 in.; 863 x 265 x 170 mm