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Pair of gold earrings with dolphins' heads with emerald, glass, and gold beads

2nd–1st century B.C.
Gold, emerald and banded glass
Overall: 1 1/2 x 3/8 x 1 3/8in. (3.8 x 1 x 3.5cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Christos G. Bastis, in honor of Philippe de Montebello, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.539.10a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
The careful modeling of the dolphin heads is done in repoussé and chasing. The hollow gold bodies are filled with a hard white core. The beads are of emerald, gold, and banded glass, collared by rings of gold granules. The hoops have a wire frame, on which the beads are also strung and around which four wires are spirally wound. The ends of the frames hook into loops below the dolphin jaws.
von Bothmer, Dietrich, Bernard V. Bothmer, Pat Getz-Preziosi, Diana Buitron-Oliver, and Andrew Oliver, Jr. 1987. Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, Emma Swan Hall, ed. no. 183, p. 306, Mainz on Rhine: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1996. "One Hundred Twenty-sixth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1996." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 126: p. 17.

Svyatoslav, Konkin V. 2012. "Artistic Features of Antiquity Glass : Aspects of Combining Glass and Gold." Ph.D. Diss. pp. 33–34, fig. II.2.40. Moscow.

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