Dolphin amulet

Ptolemaic or Roman Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

This is one of a small group of animals carved in semiprecious stones from the Davis Collection that share share a general liveliness and more Hellenistic than Egyptian style. Alongside subjects that are familiar in Egyptian iconography such as a baboon and ducks, are others like a goat, dolphins, rhinoceros, galloping horse, and reclining hound that are more at home in the Greco-Roman sphere.

Dolphin amulet, Chalcedony

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