Gold, beryl, and garnet earring with head of a dolphin

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 2nd–1st century B.C.

Culture: Cypriot

Medium: Gold, beryl, garnet

Dimensions: Other: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.3401


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.