Height: 24 9/16 in. (62.4 cm)
Width: 7 13/16 in. (19.8 cm)
Depth: 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Gift of the family of Angelo Mannello, 1972
Not on view
Neapolitan style bowlback mandolin with seventeen inlaid nickel-silver frets on a tortoiseshell fingerboard. The bowl is extraordinarily decorated wiht a rich design of checkerboard pattern ivory and tortoiseshell separated by nickel-silver strips, and a profuse decoration in ivory inlay depicting a naked woman, putti playing instruments, grotesques, and floral designs. These decorative motifs continue on the fingerboard and peghead of the instrument. The maker's name is inlaid around the oblong soundhole.
The Family of Angelo Mannello
Our Tuneful Heritage: American Musical Instruments from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exhibition catalogue., Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah, 1994, pg. 59-60, fig. 13, 14, ill.
A Checklist of American Musical Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 28, ill.
Ed. John P. O'Neill. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The United States of America. Third 2005. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1987, pg. 95, fig. 67, ill.
American Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pg. 19, fig. 6, ill.
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Artist: Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania)Date: ca. 1838Medium: Wood, maple, spruce, abalone, ebony, metal, brass, ivoryAccession: 1979.380a, bOn view in:Not on view