"Segin" dolphin box

Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo) (Italian, born in 1967)

Object Place: Italy


Height x width: 1 3/16 x 1 9/16 in. (3 x 4 cm) Circumference: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Approximately 22 kt gold and sapphire

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe



This circular pixis is made from high-karat gold sheet and is decorated with twisted wires and tiny, granulated balls. These balls form a frieze on the lid made up of a leaping dolphin, a stylized bird, and a lioness. In the center of the lid is a knob with a claw-set sapphire cabochon. Other decorative elements include circles, triangles, rosettes, and petals in both filagree and “fine dust” granulation. Along the side of the box is another frieze composed of alternating small and large birds. According to the artist, the box “…harmoniously blends three aspects of nature: mineral (gold), vegetable (rosettes and petals), and animal (lioness, dolphin, and bird).”


Akelo/09 (on lid)


2009, created by artist Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo), Viterbo, Italy; sold by the artist to Dr. Robert Kelley, Waltham, MA; 2009, year-end gift of Kelley to the MFA (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Robert Kelley, M.D.


© Akelo - Andrea Cagnetti