Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.211.6
Region: South Europe.
Construction: The mandolino is is tear dropped in shape, with the two part spruce top and a rose with a double-eagle. An ebony finger board inset into the neck is inlayed lengthwise from the nut to the sound hole. With two rectangular ivory plaques bordered with mother-of-pearl dots, plaques once engraved.
A curvilinear pegbox terminating with sickle-shaped finial is mounted onto the neck prior to mounting the neck onto the body. The neck is inlayed with mother-of-pearl, and bordered by ivory. The back of the pegbox of rosewood veneer with mother-of-pearl inlaid dots and hearts.
The wooden friction tuning pegs are made from boxwood. The mandolino six courses, five double courses and one single course in the treble. An ivory and rosewood bridge; bowl made of thirteen alternating ribs of rosewood and engraved ivory with ebony borders; alternating pattern continues in veneer on underside of neck and peg box.
Citations: Bibliography: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York”. Winter 2011. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin , pg. 44, ill ; Websites: metmuseum.org / mandolino ;