Ring with lion attacking a dolphin

Greek
Classical Period
425–400 B.C.


Dimensions

Length (bezel): 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.795

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Intaglio. Ring with oval bezel. Motif oriented horizontally. A lion facing left, holds a dolphin, facing right, down with its paws, and bites its back. Front paws placed on either side of jaws; back left paw positioned on dolphin’s head. Lion is in profile except for its large head, which in frontal. Lion’s ribs and vertebrae are clearly visible; it has a shaggy mane, wide-set eyes, large nose, and furry belly.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: said by Ready to have been in the collection of Count Tyszkiewicz at one time; bought by Warren in Rome); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund