Violoncello head, ca. 1641–1719
School of Joachim Tielke (German, 1641–1719)
Maple; L. 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm)
Gift of M–K Enterprises, 1998 (1998.458)
This 'cello scroll is carved in maple and features a protruding head with an open mouth and long, flowing mane. It surmounts a four-hole pegbox decorated on the back with a floral pattern carved in low relief. The pegbox has been repeatedly rebushed and grafted onto a later 'cello neck of flamed maple which shows traces of its former fingerboard and attachment to the body of the instrument.