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Viola d'Amore

Maker:
Paulus Alletsee (German, active Munich ca. 1698, died ca. 1738 Munich)
Date:
1726
Geography:
Munich, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Spruce, maple
Dimensions:
L. 86.5 cm (33-15/16 in.); Body L. 42.9 cm (16-7/8 in.); Bowed string L. 40.9 cm (16-1/16 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.7
Not on view
Viola d'amore with seven melody strings and 9 sympathetic strings; a large model sometimes called the "English violet."
Marking: Label: "Paulus Alletsee/Hof Lauten und Geigen/macher in München 17(26)"
Helen C. Lanier
"Notable Acquisitions 1980-1981: Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1981), pg. 41, ill.



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