Viola D'Amore

Viola D'Amore

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Description (Brief)

This viola d’amoe Viola d'amore was made by Georg Aman in Augsburg, Germany, 1705. It is made of a high-built two-piece table of spruce; two-piece back of bird’s-eye maple separated with an inlaid stained (black) wooden strip; ribs of similar maple; grafted maple neck terminated in a pearwood pegbox with provision for seven bowed and seven sympathetic strings and a blindfolded cherub’s head; semi-opaque reddish-orange varnish. This instrument has an original printed label:

Georg Aman
Lauten=und Geigen=Macher
in Augfpurg 1705

Born in Bavaria in 1671, Aman worked in Augsburg and died around 1734. His instruments are usually rather highly built and are often seen with pearwood necks. This d’amore with a blindfolded cupid figure is typical of his work. Note also the original ornamental rosette inlayed into the table beneath the fingerboard.

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Object Name
viola d'amore
date made
Aman, Georg
place made
Germany: Bavaria, Augsburg
Physical Description
spruce (overall material)
maple (overall material)
overall: 32 1/4 in x 9 3/8 in x 6 in; 81.915 cm x 23.8125 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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