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Guitarra septima (seven string guitar)

Maker:
M. Fernandez (Mexican)
Date:
ca. 1880
Geography:
Mexico
Culture:
Mexican
Medium:
Spruce, rosewood, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
Height: 51 3/8 in. (130.5 cm) Width: 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted
Credit Line:
Purchase, Amati Gifts, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.569
Not on view
Mariano Fernández, Guitarra Séptima (Seven-course guitar)
2012.569
The Mexican seven-course guitar reached the height of its popularity during the 19th century. It was used to perform music in a variety of genres, most of it written by Mexican composers. This beautifully crafted instrument by Mariano Fernández epitomizes guitar making in Mexico at its highest level. Inlaid mother-of-pearl, abalone and wood trace intricate geometric patterns and elegant floral motifs on every surface. Just below the bridge, a lyre topped by a Phrygian cap, symbols of music and liberty, connect the guitar to Mexico’s Liberal Reform movement and its cultural expression in art and music.
Marking: Labelled "M. FERNANDEZ FTE DE GUITARRAS / MEDALLA D'ORO / 1871 / MEDALLA / DE / BRONCE / 1857 / MEDALLA / DE / PLATA / 1859 / MEXICO / CALLE DE CHICONAUTLA JUNTO AL NUMERO 25"
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