Head of an Italian bass viola da gamba

possibly by Ruggieri (Italy, ca. 1700)

Catalog 135. Head and peg box of a viola da gamba, Italian, 17th C.

This exceptional example of a carved lion’s head belonged once to an Italian viola da gamba of the 17th C.

It closely resembles the head on a viola da gamba by Ruggieri. We are also looking for the rest of this instrument.