"Segin" dolphin box
Andrea Cagnetti (Akelo), Italian, born in 1967 Italian
Height x width: 1 3/16 x 1 9/16 in. (3 x 4 cm) Circumference: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Approximately 22 kt gold and sapphire
Not On View
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)."