Height: 51 3/8 in. (130.5 cm)
Width: 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
Purchase, Amati Gifts, 2012
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"
Artist: Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania)Date: ca. 1838Medium: Wood, maple, spruce, abalone, ebony, metal, brass, ivoryAccession: 1979.380a, bOn view in:Not on view