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Dancing master's violin

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Back comprised of five ribs, each covered with veneer of tortoiseshell and separated by strip of ivory. Belly of spruce with two C-shaped soundholes, small rose-shaped soundhole near upper end, and inlaid decoration of red heart, two green leaves, and small flowers. Neck, fingerboard, and...

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Handwritten label: [Georg Wörle in / Augsburg] 1673


By the 1870s, M. A. Jubinal, Paris, France. By 1995, Tony Bingham, London, England; 1995, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Fraser, and Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund


Object Place

Augsburg, Germany


Length 45 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 17 11/16 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Spruce, tortoiseshell, ebony, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones