Cast amulet of dark blue glass in the shape of a dolphin. The hole pierced through for threading represents the eye of the animal. Some weathering has occurred, causing iridescence.


  • Title: Dolphin Amulet
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 4th century
  • Location Created: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Physical Dimensions: 2.6 cm (1 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Glass
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Amulet
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2003.456
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture and Date: Byzantine, 4th century
  • Culture: Byzantine
  • Classification: Jewelry

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