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Renaissance lute, Venetian, much-altered and coverted to guitar stringing. Later front, bookmatched, with wide grain at sides; black edging. Early rose, probably the original one associated with the back, inserted in front; curvilinear foliate design of trefoil leaves and tendrils; chip-carved integral collar; eight small bars under rose which do not extend to front. Only three main bars across front, which is fixed with two treenails to top-block. Points of original fingerboard (?rosewood) survive. Back of semi-circular transverse section; eleven ribs, separated with black lines; ivory capping-strip.

  • Date:
    second half of 16th century
  • Maker:
    Ulman, Adam
  • Collection:
    Royal College of Music Museum
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  • Inscriptions:Printed label: "Adam Ulman in Venetia"
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Overall length: 898mm (not including screw eye in tail). Body length: 516mm (to original neck joint 487mm). Width: 328mm. Depth overall: 161mm. String length: 626mm.