VERY FINE SILVER BROOCH WITH DOLPHINS
Measurements: 3 cm - length
Description: A wonderful Roman silver brooch featuring two jumping dolphins. The pair of dolphins is details with fins and tails, heads placed upon the catch-plate. The dolphins were very popular in the Roman Empire as the companions of Venus and Cupid, brooches depicting a single dolphin appear quite frequently in 2nd and 3rd centuries. However, it is a rare occasion to have a zoomorphic brooch featuring a pair of dolphins.
Provenance: German private collection.
Reference: See Hattatt, R., Brooches of Antiquity.
Period: 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Extremely fine, complete with pin and catch-plate.