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Tenor viola da gamba

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Standard pattern. Flat back of maple, in two pieces with purfling. Ribs of maple. Belly of soft pine, slightly arched, with two C-holes. Neck of maple with peg-box and carved head of blind-folded woman at the top. Finger-board of maple, veneered with ebony; twenty German silver frets...

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Printed repair label: JOHN A. GOULD & SONS / [Established 1889] / Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers / BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS / [handwritten: Two new cross bars; six / new linings, and crack / stays inserted. JUNE 1936


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

about 1600

Object Place

London, England


Length 102.3 cm, width 32 cm (Length 40 1/4 in., width 12 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones