ostracon ancient art



Greek Bone Dolphin Fibula Element, around 300 BC

Tarentine bone fibula body in the form of a leaping dolphin with dorsal fin and incised details.

The pierced eyes to bear inlays.

The head with its pointed snout is merged into a heavy catch plate.

The missing iron pin joined to the dolphin's body through a spiral hinge. Remains of the iron pin inside the tail.

Mounted on an acrylic base.

For related examples, cf. lot no. 123 in: Cahn Auktionen Basel, September 2008 sale.

L. 3.6 cm (1.4 in)

Fine example. Part of the catch plate and pin missing. Surface worn in places.

Swiss private collection Zug, acquired before 2000. Self-published in 2012.

420 USD

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