All of my French viols have a carved head – the model is determined with the musician.
English viols have either a carved head or an open scroll.
Decoration can range from sober to flashy.
Here are some examples:
– double purfling
– decorative purfling
– carved, painted, or inlaid rose
– initials in monogram
– painted motif on front or back
– fingerboard/tailpiece: purfling, inlay, cut-out, carving
– carved pegbox
– carved bridge