The area is so kinky & twisty, in fact, that the original carver decided 'to hell with this' and left it quite thick. 6-1/2 mm, when the normal top thickness here might be around 3.
Cleaning up the top with thumb-planes and scrapers, I discovered an original repair. This little section of wood was pulled out, somehow, during the original carving, then glued back into place, prior to the (original) final graduation of the top. It is open along one side and will need to be re-glued.
There is also a wing-crack to repair and the open crack at the neck, but I don't like to do too many cracks at the same time. I'll get them after this sets.