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Lute (after Renaissance type)

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Back comprised of eleven ribs of maple with capping strip. Multi-piece belly of fine-grain spruce with carved rose in geometrical pattern. Neck and tuning pegs of mahogany. Pegbox of beech. Fingerboard veneered with pearwood (?), edged with paduak (?). Eight tied-on frets of gut and four frets...

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Handwritten label: Donald Warnock/ fecit 1962/ Made after lute appearing in/ the "Presentation in the Temple"/ of Vittore Carpaccio, Venice./ Alto Lute, model #1/ 2 Brewer St. Cambridge, Mass.; etched on plaque at bottom of body: J.D.W./ 1962


1963, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

Credit Line

William Lindsey Fund


Reproduced with permission.


Object Place

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


Length 73.7 cm, width 35.4 cm, depth 17.7 cm (Length 29 in., width 13 15/16 in., depth 6 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones