Name: Mandolino.
Type: Chordophones > Composites > Lute.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6 [Roman].
Era: 1700s.
Country: Italy, Many.
Region: Europe.

Mandolino, Photographed by Graeme Gibson © Horniman Museum, London UK 2019

Description: The mandolino is the Roman mandolin. Antonio Vivaldi wrote numerous compositions for the mandolino. Other works by other composers were written for this instrument during the 17th century. One mandolino was made by Antonio Strativari.

Construction: having six double courses or twelve strings in total with gut strings. The scale length from nut to bridge for the mandolino was 300 mm to 350 mm. The body is constructed from a sound board with thirteen staves of ebony and ivory with floral engravings and a sickle-shaped peg box, is shown with its carrying box. It is the type of mandolin for which Antonio Vivaldi wrote his numerous mandolin concerti.

Citations: Bibliography: Tyler James and Paul Sparks – The Early Mandolin – the Mandolino and the Neapolitan Mandoline – Oxford University Press, London 1992 Websites: The MET / Mandolino ; The Lute Society Of America ;

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