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The King Violoncello by Andrea Amati, after 1538
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NMM 3351. Violoncello, The King, by Andrea Amati, Cremona, after 1538. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.
The letters seen on the lower end are:
Left: the last letter of the Latin word, "PIETATE" (piety), on the lower bass rib.
Right: the first letter of the Latin word, "JUSTICIA" (justice), on the lower treble rib. The letter "I" was used in the Roman alphabet to designate both the letters "I" and "J".
Note: Click on any letter painted on the lower end to see a close-up of that letter.
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