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Lute

Date:
mid-16th century
Geography:
Austria?
Culture:
Probably Austrian
Medium:
Maple, spruce, ebony
Dimensions:
Widest 32.2 x Deepest 17.4 x L. 81.5cm (12 11/16 x 6 7/8 x 32 1/16in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1008
Not on view
The body was built over a wooden mould, whereby the nine maple ribs (ca. 1.5 mm thick) were glued to the block of ca. 1.2 cm thickness, which was loosely attached to the tip of the mould. After the mould was taken out, the neck was glued to the block and secured with a long iron nail. The paper strips are in part original and served to secure the glue joints, in part they bear witness of later repairs. The label "1591/ Hans Frey" (probably Hans Frey the Younger in Bologna) points to the first major repair in which the lute may have received its present, wider ebony veneered neck.
Marking: Labeled: 1.5.9.1/Hans (Frei?) (probably not authentic)
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 27.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 27.



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