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Back of "red cedar" (Juniperus) inlaid with four strips of ivory sandwiched by ebony. Ribs of ebony inlaid with two strips of ivory. Belly of fine-grain spruce with tiered rose of gilded parchment. Rope-pattern binding of ivory and ebony along edges of belly, soundhole, headstock, and...

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In ink on headstock: Alexandre / Voboam / 1680


Before 1993, sold by a violin dealer, France, to Tony Bingham, London, England; 1993, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 1993)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund, funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Fraser, and funds by exchange from the Bequest of Gertrude T. Taft


Object Place

Paris, France


Length 91.9 cm, width 25 cm, depth 9.3 cm (Length 36 3/16 in., width 9 13/16 in., depth 3 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ebony, red cedar, spruce, ivory, parchment, sheep gut


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones