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Earring with Dolphin Head Finial

A work made of gold, glass, and sardonyx.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gold, glass, and sardonyx.


3rd-2nd century BCE


Greek, Hellenistic

About this artwork

Originally one of a pair, this earring is formed from gold wire that is strung with one gold, one glass and one sardonyx (stone) bead; and terminates in the form of a dolphin head.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Earring with Dolphin Head Finial


Ancient Greece (Artist's nationality:)

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300 BCE–101 BCE


Gold, glass, and sardonyx


Diam.: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Robert H. Fleming

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