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Chitarra battente, ?Italian, ?18th century

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Object name
Maker
maker: Anonymous
Date
18th century
Place
Object number
RCM0020

Description

Chitarra battente, a guitar variant with deep body, angled front, short neck and metal strings fastened at the tail. Fourteen peg-holes and a ?later hole for a fifteenth. Front two-piece, with wide grain at edges, and fine grain at centre; stained, like the entire instrument, dark brown; no edging or purfling of any kind; bend 136mm from tail with marks of bridge on the apex. Entire front covered in incised decoration: bearded head in profile in oval between soundhole and bridge, horned head above soundhole, bold acanthus-like motif between bridge and tail, and scrolling foliage and birds down each side. Soundhole with bevelled edge and a collar of fourteen simple leaf-shapes of mother-of-pearl set in black mastic, bordered with two white lines; relics of card from missing rose under soundhole rim. Three frets on front.

[View instrument in print catalogue]

Dimensions

Length: 883mm. Width: 276mm. Height: 160mm.

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