Violoncello Head

Maker: Attributed to Joachim Tielke (German, 1641–1719)

Date: ca. 1670–80

Geography: Hamburg, Germany

Culture: German

Medium: Maple

Dimensions: Overall L. 49.2 cm (19-3/8 in.)

Classification: Chordophone-Accessories

Credit Line: Gift of M-K Enterprises, 1998

Accession Number: 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.