Ancient Greek Hellenistic Gold and Glass Dolphin Amphora Pendant

GBP 625.00

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Object Description

A fine Greek, Hellenistic, gold amphora-type pendant, decorated with stylised handles in the form of undulating dolphins. At its centre is a circular blue glass bead with the top encased by a conical cap formed from a thin sheet of gold. Following below are two circular glass beads of different hues of green. The body terminates with a thin gold disc decorated with a ribbed wire around its perimeter. The pendant is further embellished with two dolphins, finely modelled in gold, one at each side of the suspension loop, creating the handles of the amphora. Fine detailing has been added to the dolphin’s fins and tail. A further gold loop has been added in antiquity to the top. This beautiful item of jewellery testifies to the extreme quality of Greek Hellenistic goldsmiths.

Date: Circa 2nd century BC

Object History

Acquired 1980-2015. Ex Abelita family collection.

Object Condition

Fine condition. Minor chip to the conical cap.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:1.8 x H:2.9 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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