VERY FINE SILVER BROOCH WITH DOLPHINS

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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.

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