Gold, beryl, and garnet earring with head of a dolphin
2nd–1st century B.C.
Gold, beryl, garnet
Other: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Gold and Silver
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Not on view
These earrings, found on Cyprus, reflect the style and taste prevalent throughout the Hellenistic world, notably in the use of animal figures. Constructed of twisted gold wire, they are embellished with beryl and garnet beads, and finials in the shape of dolphin heads.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 3401, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. pl. 3, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 479, p. 290, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.