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Charango

Maker:
Marcos Manufactory
Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Medium:
Wood, armadillo shell
Dimensions:
L. 85.2 x W. upper bout 17.5 x W. lower bout 25.4 x D. 11.4cm (33 9/16 x 6 7/8 x 10 x 4 1/2in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2881
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 749
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.



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