Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Gold earring with glass pendant in the form of a dolphin

Late Imperial
possibly 3rd–5th century A.D.
Gold, glass; tooled and rod-pierced
Other (Pendant): 11/16 x 3/16 x 1 1/16 in. (1.8 x 0.5 x 2.7 cm) Diameter (diameter of gold earing): 13/16 in. (2.1 cm)
Gold and Silver, Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Glass pendant:
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; small jagged projection under belly.
Intact; dulling, blackish weathering, and iridescence.
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, 15, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4024, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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