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"Narrow model. Ebony body shaped to five faces. Belly similar to that of preceding instrument [i.e. Kit by Dimanche Drouyn, Museum no 519-1872: '... with a heart-shaped soundhole and two inwards-facing C-holes ..' - Baines, Catalogue ... II, p. 20]. Ebony fingerboard and pegbox with a carved head of a woman.' - Anthony Baines:Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 21.

  • Date:
    1647 (Made)
  • Maker:
    Du Mesnil, Jacques
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Carved and planed ebony body, planed pine belly.
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  • Inscriptions:Du Mesnil/ a Paris 1647 Du Mesnil/ in Paris 1647.
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 41.5 cm total, Length: 26.5 cm length of belly, Length: 24.6 cm string length, Length: 13 cm Length of fingerboard, Width: 4 cm