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The viol, also called the viola da gamba, is a stringed instrument similar to a violin or viola. While the viol is said to have been first seen in Europe by the 15th century, images in the Manesse Codex, dating to the early 14th century, show a viol or viol-like instrument. Early music groups often include a viol.

Links to Manesse Codex images of the viol: