New York, NY
No. of Strings:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Crosby Brown, -1889
Monical 1979, p. 7
Monical 1989a, p. 14; Monical 1979, p. 7
On museum’s website (back, head 3/4, bass C-hole); Monical 1989a, p. 14 (F+S); Monical 1979, p. 6 (F+S)
Monical (text and photos): small tenor viol, fantasy form, with extremely long neck for its body size; probably made for ornamental rather than performance purposes. Back shows St. Cecilia with cherubs, angels, and animals; shallow ribs have complementary floral decoration; table and pegbox have black-and-white edging. Carved male head with long, projecting beard is grafted to pegbox with widely spaced pegs; inlaid fingerboard; very short tailpiece with diagonal upper edge and tail gut. C-holes set low and very diagonal, with bulge at midppoint of outer edges. Website: late 19th century.