Angel con vihuela de mano. Relieve policromado de la bóveda del presbitero. Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba. Dome by Juan de Ochoa, c. 1600.

(1600/ca) - Córdoba, Mezquita-Cathedral.
instrument: vihuela de mano | century: 16cent | catalogue nº: 16-313

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Creator Ochoa, Juan de

Medium Artwork: Sculpture


City Córdoba | Region Andalucia | Old kingdom Castile

Body Waisted Strings 6 strings Neck Long Pegbox Angled flat
Bridge Fixed Frets Yes Back Flat Pegs Rear
Technique Plucked fingers thumb out

Angel con vihuela de mano. Polychrome relief on the dome of the presbytery of the Cathedral of Córdoba. Dome by Juan de Ochoa, c. 1600. Instrument from a photo by Carlos González that was included in his “Calendario de iconografía musical 2007”

The vihuela has wasted sides, difficult to discern whether they are ntended to be cornered, and a fixed bridge which seems to have six courses/strings, but rhis is not consistent along the full length of the instrument. The neck is fretted and appears to terminate with an angled flat pegbox. The angel appears to be playing. It is not common to see the instrument being plucked so close to the fingerboard. It possibly resembles a strumming position.