Guitar

Maker: attributed to Jean-Baptiste Voboam

Date: 1697

Geography: France

Culture: French

Medium: Spruce, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory, ebony

Dimensions: Overall L. 96.9 cm (38-1/8 in.); Body L. 44.8 cm (17-5/8 in.); Body W.: 25 cm (9-7/8 in.); Center W.: 19.1 cm (7-1/2 in.); Upper Body W.: 20.9 (8-1/4 in.); String L.: 68.2 cm (26-7/8 in.)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted

Credit Line: Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.147

Description

The back, sides, neck, and peghead of this guitar are overlaid with tortoiseshell, ebony, and ivory chevrons with framed scrollwork, lozenges, and geometric banding and edging. The top has a gilded rosette bordered by a band of mother-of-pearl ornaments. Originally strung with five pairs of strings, this instrument was converted in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century to six single courses.

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