Bass viola da gamba
Barak Norman, English, 1651–1724 English
Length 118.2 cm, width 37 cm (Length 46 9/16 in., width 14 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Maple, spruce, ebony
Not On View
Flat back of maple in two pieces, inlaid with double-line purfling, ornamental knots, and the double interlaced monogram BN. Ribs of maple. Slightly arched belly of soft pine with double-line purfling at the edges, inlaid floral design below the finger-board with medallion; two C-holes. Finger-board of maple veneered with ebony. Neck ending with peg-box and scroll, instead of carved head. Hook-bar of ebony, holding tail-piece veneered with ebony. Six strings fixed to six boxwood pegs; movable bridge. Inside construction: top block separate from the neck bracket; back reinforced with two cross-bars and cross strip 9.8 cm. wide and 5 mm. thick; bass-bar and sound-post. Eight gut frets on the neck. Light yellow varnish.