Viola da Mano - Vihuela - based on the painting by Girolamo dai Libri

String Length 55cm (can be tuned in A or G)

Bubinga sides, curly maple back. Maple neck and peg head. Fingerboard: lacewood central panel, ebony edging. Pine resin and linseed oil varnish.

The instrument featured below was made for Christopher Page

Left image: rose in the soundboard of a mid-16th century Italian spinet (collection of V&A museum, London). Middle image: one of the reproductions of this rose design, with semi-spherical bone or mammoth ivory studs, i.e. as is featured on the original. Right image: rose of the featured viola da mano project, with parchment, powder-gilded decorations, in place of studs.

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