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Mandolin; mandolino

A mandolin or mandolino from the second half of the 18th century. Gut strung. A scroll-terminated open pegbox. The eleven tuning pegs carry five double courses of strings. The top peg has no string. There is no hole in the bridge for the termination of a corresponding single course string in the treble. Body of thirteen ribs of a dark wood (rosewood?) with fillets of ivory in between. The bottom clasp carved with a decorative scroll shape at each end.The neck inlaid in ivory with eight frets and a pattern of a cartouche with a flourish at each corner. The sound table has an integral circular rose with a pierced geometric pattern. The letters 'T.L' carved into the belly below the bridge.

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  • Materials:resin, tortoise shell, FI, metal thread, gut, ivory, wood
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.321 Necked bowl lutes
  • Repository:Horniman Museum and Gardens