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Dolphins and Shell
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Dolphins and Shell


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description Dolphins flank a seashell, their eyes and mouths exaggerated by the bone carver. The object is intact but was never meant to function by itself. The hollow of the bone runs lengthwise with openings at each end; in addition, openings have been cut at the two low points of the upper side, probably to accomodate metal rods, perhaps of bronze, which would account for the green-stained surface of the object.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/18/1982Treatmentcleaned
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
1st-3rd century
Medium
bone
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.639
Measurements
H: 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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