Marcos Manufactory, Guitar 89.4.2881 This unusual instrument combines the basic features of a Spanish guitar with the armadillo-shell back found in indigenous variants like the charango or the jarana. The latter is typical of the Yucatan peninsula, where this small guitar was made in the late 19th century.
Marking: Paper label glued inside: FABRICA DE GUITARRAS / ESTABLECIDA EN 1860. / [woodcut of guitar grouped with various other instruments and open music book] / MARCOS OIB [sic] / 5a. Calle de Barrera, / MEDIA CUADRA DE / "Los dos Camellos." / Merida - Yucatan
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 194, ill.
Artist: Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania)Date: ca. 1838Medium: Wood, maple, spruce, abalone, ebony, metal, brass, ivoryAccession: 1979.380a, bOn view in:Not on view