Early Medieval lute, based on various iconographic sources of 1280-1450. 4 or 5 course. Available fretted or unfretted. The upper, smaller rose is available in round, diamond or lancet window shape.
Scale length: 55cm.
German/Alpine Spruce, European Cherry, Norway Maple, Apple, Boxwood. Other wood choices available.
Left: part of the 'Book of chess, dice and tables' commissioned by Alfonso X 'El Sabio' (Spain, 1283). Right: part of 'The Coronation of the Virgin' by Paolo and Giovanni Veneziano (Italy, 1358).
Left: Part of 'Madonna and Child with Angels' by Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano (Italy, 1420). Right: Part of 'The Coronation of the Virgin with Six Angels' by Agnolo Gaddi (Italy, 1370).
Side view from end of body.
Close-up view of alternative rose design.
Side view from end of body of 5 course version with body of Norway Maple and European Oak.
Front view of 5 course version with alternative rose design and fingerboard of Maple.
Custom version with soundholes, bridge and pegbox based on those shown in the 'Cantigas de Santa Maria' (Spain, 1221–1284), attributed to Alfonso X 'El Sabio'.
A video and sound sample of this instrument being played. Playing by Jo Dusepo.