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Back comprised of eleven ribs of ebony, each separated by strips of ivory, with capping strip. Wide side pieces. One-piece belly of wide-grain softwood. Belly and soundhole edged with triangles of bone and black mastic. Crudely-carved separate rose of wood in foliate pattern, backed by black...

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Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

late 19th century

Object Place

Probably Italy


Length 53.7 cm, width 14.8 cm, depth 8.4 cm (Length 21 1/8 in., width 5 13/16 in., depth 3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebony, spruce, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones