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.
second half of 16th century
Royal College of Music Museum
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- 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.
- View the original record:http://museumcollections.rcm.ac.uk/collection/Details/collect/1050