Structure of the Lute
The Rose

The rose of a lute is located near the center of
the soundboard.  It is an elaborate geometric or
floral pattern that is usually cut out of the exist-
ing wood at that location, although it may be
constructed separately and glued in place.  Less
commonly there will be a triangular arrangement
of three proportionately smaller roses (see below).
Besides its decorative function, the rose serves to
vent the body cavity of the instrument to the envi-
ronment, and thus it has at least a small influence
on the sound of the instrument.

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Last updated 24 May AD 2015 — DFH

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