In the 60s, home decor took a turn towards whimsicality, romance, and the past. This wall hanging is a stylized old world mandolin with a rounded belly and slender neck, and has a shabby matte black painted finish.
This is dated as 1968 (maybe 1966?) and marked "Hoda", which was a company that manufactured many home decor products, some plastic, others metal; all highly sought after, not only for period film and movie sets, but for kitschy home and office decor, as well.
This is sturdy and solid, it does not bend, therefore, it is a bit more weighty than some wall hangings from that era. Most likely this is pot metal.
Estimated at about 24" by 10" (we'll add exact measurements when we have it in our hands again).
Typically, most finishes of the 60s were a high gloss painted finish, so we do feel that this has been altered (from it's original), and, since it has been, we would suggest considering painting it to suit your own needs, maybe red, or white, or even pink. Or, even a coat of high glosss black, rather than the matte.
This sort of decor is associated with Bohemian, hippie life styles.
We've shown it with a couple of Big Eyed Prints from the era (prints are not included).
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