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Back comprised of eleven ribs of ivory, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Strips of ebony along upper edges. Belly of fine-grain spruce with carved rose in geometric pattern. Neck and fingerboard of ebony. Pegbox of ebonized wood, veneered on front and back with ebony; back...

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Inscription

Printed label: Andreas Berr / Lauten und Geigen: / macher in Wienn Anno 16 [handwritten: 99]/ [handwritten: 3 ur gr (?)i...(?); incised on underside of belly near neck joint: L B

Provenance

May 13, 1981, sold at auction by Christie's, New York, lot 48, to Hugh Gough, New York; 1986, sold by Gough to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1986)

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

1699

Object Place

Vienna, Austria

Dimensions

Length 81 cm, width 28.3 cm, depth 13.5 cm (Length 31 7/8 in., width 11 1/8 in., depth 5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1986.7

Medium or Technique

Ivory, spruce, ebony

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones