Archaic Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 348.


Height x width: 5 x 3.5 cm (1 15/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze, amber, carnelian

Not On View


The Ancient World



This rectangular plaque is set with four small pieces of amber and two of engraved carnelian. One of the latter has two leaves on it; the other shows an inscription. The plaque has two short legs on one side, in the form of dolphins, a pin below the right one. On the back are four rings, perhaps for pushing a pin through. Corroded.


According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA, May 1, 1902

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann