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Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce (attributed to Carlo Tononi in Bologna, about 1700). Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple. Fingerboard, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Tuning pegs and tailpiece of boxwood. Medium-brown varnish. Internal...

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Printed label: Nicolaus Amatus Cremonen Hieronymi / Fil. ac. Antonij Nepos fecit 1641


1926, sold by Joseph Chanot, London, England, to Mr. V. Schliemann; before 1946, sold by Schliemann to Arthur E. Smith & Co., Sydney, Australia; 1946, sold by Smith & Co. to T.W. Kimball, Esq.; before 1969, sold by Kimball to J. Bradley Taylor, Boston, Massachusetts; 1969, sold by Taylor to Dr. Arthur Spiller, Needham, Massachusetts; 1991, gift of Spiller to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 1991)

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur E. Spiller, M.D.

1641, with later alterations

Object Place

Cremona, Italy


Length 57.8 cm, width 20.1 cm (Length 22 3/4 in., width 7 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones