Mandolins evolved from the Lute family in Italy during the 17th -18th centuries,
and the deep bowled mandolin produced particularly in Naples became
a common type in the19th century.
The original instrument was the mandola ( mandorla is almond in Italian and
describes the instrument body shape) and evolved in the 15th century from the lute.
A later, smaller mandola was developed and became known as a mandolina.
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