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Vihuelas made by indigenous Mexican slaves.

(1527-1550) - Bartolomé de las Casas, Apologética historia sumaria. 1527-1550.
instrument: vihuela de mano | century: 16cent/2/mid | catalogue nº: 16-253

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Artwork

Creator de las Casas, Bartolomé

Medium Document: literary

Location

City México | Region México | Old kingdom America

Characteristics
Body Strings Neck Pegbox
Bridge Frets Back Pegs
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Commentary

SOURCE
Bartolomé de las Casas, Apologética historia sumaria. 1527-1550.

INFORMATION
In Mexico (City), the author describes seeing an Indian slave in leg irons who had three or four large vihuelas [tres o cuatro vigüelas muy buenas y grandes] with beautifully made rosettes. When asked if they had come from Spain, the slave’s master replied that both the instruments and their rosettes were all made by the slave. Full original passage is in DOCUMENTS. The passage is also reported in corona1993, 1369-70.

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