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Guitar-shaped viola

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Music: Greensleeves, Traditional, (Played by Brian Clague)


Roughly incised on back of peg box: Marquis de [Maire?] / J. G. / I. H. S. / 1675; handwritten label: This instrument is by / Francois Chanot / Paris 1817-1824 / W. S. G. [This label was likely added by Boston violin maker Walter Salon Goss in the early 1900s]


Before 1967, Maurice Levine, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; by 1983 (reportedly as early as 1967), loaned by Levine to the MFA; 2007, gift of Levine to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 6, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of Maurice Levine


Object Place

Probably United States


Length 62 cm, width 22 cm (length 24 7/16 in., width 8 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones