Attributed to Matteo Sellas (Italian, ca. 16121652)
Wood, bone, various materials; L. 37 5/8 in. (96.5 cm)
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1990 (1990.103)
This five-course guitar has a vaulted back with scalloped snakewood ribs and ivory spacers. The back of the neck is inlaid in a checkerboard pattern made of bone and snakewood squares. The peghead, which bears the engraved inscription "Matteo Sellas alla Corona in Venetia," is a modern replacement, as are the rose and bridge. The Sellas family (active in Venice during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries) was noted for its highly ornamented lutes and guitars.