5 December 2012
A ROMAN BRONZE DOLPHIN
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Depicted swimming downward, its thin elongated body rising upward, twisting into a loose spiral, tapering toward its wide three-pronged tailfin, a raised angular dorsal fin along its head, peaking upward at the end, the face expressive, the pectoral fins projecting from the edges
7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high
with Robert Haber, New York, 1990s.
Private Collection, Lugano, Switzerland.
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For an aquatic scene with a similar pair of dolphins, whose original function was possibly the handle for a ritual vessel, see no. 288 in Mitten and Doeringer, Master Bronzes from the Classical World.
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