Dance master's violin

Probably by Georg Wörle (German, about 1620–after 1674)

Object Place: Augsburg, Germany


Length 45 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 17 11/16 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Spruce, tortoiseshell, ebony, ivory

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



Back comprised of five ribs, each covered with veneer of tortoiseshell and separated by strip of ivory. Belly of spruce with two C-shaped soundholes, small rose-shaped soundhole near upper end, and inlaid decoration of red heart, two green leaves, and small flowers. Neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece of wood covered with tortoiseshell veneer. Pegbox of ebonized wood, surmounted by carved ebony head of Nubian woman with red painted lips and separately attached earrings and necklace. End button and collar at join of body and neck of ivory. Tuning pegs of ivory with black incised circle and dot on each face.


Handwritten label: [Georg Wörle in / Augsburg] 1673


By the 1870s, M. A. Jubinal, Paris, France. By 1995, Tony Bingham, London, England; 1995, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 1995)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Fraser and the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund