The lira da braccio is the very last form of the mediaeval fiddle or “vièle”.
Although the shape became more flamboyant, the construction and technique remained unchanged from the 11th century. The internal structure also remained constant as “vièles” and liras are made without sound post or bar.
In 1510, Andrea da Verona constructed an exceptional lira da braccio, which can be seen today in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (Schlosser cat. no 94).
The rebec is an instrument of the Renaissance and early baroque period. It was unknown before the 15th Century.