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Lion-ornamented guitar

<p>PHOTO CAPTION Baroque guitar, known as the Guitarra de los Leones (Spain), c. 1700. &copy;&nbsp;Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas</p>

PHOTO CAPTION Baroque guitar, known as the Guitarra de los Leones (Spain), c. 1700. © Music Museum. Photo: Rafael Vargas

Compared with the later guitars of the romantic period, baroque guitars were smaller with a narrower body and smoother curves. They usually had five double strings. Designs, however, varied according to their origins and makers: Italian, French and German models tended to be more sumptuously decorated, while Spanish models were more austere. This guitar has a sounding board decorated with walnut inlays in the form of two lions.

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