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The vihuela de mano was in use in Spain during the 16th century. It was one of the main influences on the development of the guitar and was also related to the viol.

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Vihuela de mano. The instrument is of a guitar-like form, with 11 strings arranged into five double courses and one single course. The two-piece back is of maple, of medium curl ascending from the joint. The ribs are also of maple, of a much fainter, broader curl. The pine belly is pierced by a circular soundhole into which is inserted a rose of wood and pasteboard. The back of the ebony neck is overlaid with multiple boxwood stringing, and the head takes the form of a lobed pyramid with reverse pegs. The varnish is a gold-brown colour. Maker's label: Arnold Dolmetsch/Haslemere/September 1937 No. 3.


Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: whole)

Broad category
Musical Instruments, Chordophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  vihuela
object name:  vihuela
catalogue title:  321.322-5
classified as:  321.322-5

Additional maker information
maker:  Dolmetsch, Eugène Arnold
Haslemere, Surrey, England, UK, Western Europe, Europe
Additional place information
made:  Haslemere 
Date made
Additional date information

Materials & techniques
maple; metal thread; nylon; gut; ivory; ebony; boxwood; varnish; pine
Additional material & technique information
material: maple (back, ribs)
material: pine (belly)
material: ebony (neck)
material: nylon (overall)
material: gut (overall)
material: ivory (overall)
material: metal thread (overall)
material: varnish (overall)
material: boxwood (overall)
overall: 886 x 255 x 120 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 886 x 255 x 120 mm

Dolmetsch Collection
previous owner:  Dolmetsch, Eugène Arnold 

Further reading
Horniman Museum and Palmer, Frances, 1981. The Dolmetsch collection of musical instruments. London: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 155
Dolmetsch, Mabel. 1958. Personal recollections of Arnold Dolmetsch. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul,

Related subjects
classified as: vihuelas
object name (Horniman Ethno.): vihuelas
object name: vihuelas
material: maple
material: metal thread
material: nylon
material: gut
material: ivory
material: ebony
material: boxwood
material: varnish
material: pine
classified as: 321.322-5 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded with the bare fingers
classified as: 321.322-5 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded with the bare fingers

Record created 1999-12-26
Record last updated 2019-01-15

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