The back and sides are covered with wide strips of curly maple and red cedar separated by narrow strips of ebony and maple. The soundboard is purfled with ivory and ebony band inlay. The two soundholes are covered with filigree roses cut from mother-of-pearl. Curved arms support the large peg-box, which is covered with ebony and flanked by two gilded dolphins. The fingerboard is veneered with ebony and set with fifteen ivory frets. The instrument’s nine strings are tuned by pegs of ivory.