Creator Mola, Antonio and Paolo
Medium Artwork: Intarsia
City Mantua | Region Italy | Old kingdom Mantua
|Body Corners||Strings courses||Neck Long||Pegbox Sickle|
|Bridge Fixed||Frets Yes||Back Flat||Pegs Lateral|
Intarsia in the grotta of Isabella d’Este in Mantua created between 1506 and 1508. The viola da mano is depicted alongside a viola de arco/lira da braccio? with the same body profile and a thick leaf-shaped pedbox.
Italian viola da mano with unusual half-cornered waist, neck with 10 frets and a sickle-shaped pegbox. The intarsia only depicts two double courses, possibly the 3rd and 6th. The body shape is only cornered on the bottom of the waist -- the upper bouts are curved going into the waist. Elegant, well-proportioned instrument.