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Glass pendant in the form of a dolphin

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
possibly 3rd–5th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; tooled and rod-pierced
Dimensions:
Other: 3/16 x 1 1/16 in. (0.5 x 2.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4025
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue.
Shaped as a dolphin in the round, with large suspension hole serving as eyes, tooled to form rounded nose, pointed crest, and three-finned tail, and pointed fin under belly.
Intact; pitting and brilliant iridescent weathering.
From Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. XVIII, 14, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4025, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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