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  • Spain or Italy
  • dolphin, 300s–mid 400s, late Roman Empire (27 BCE–395 CE) or Early Christian (100–500 CE)
  • Where object was made: Roman Empire (present-day Spain or Italy)
  • marble
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21.6 x 34.3 x 6.2 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 2 7/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Elizabeth M. Watkins Fund
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, E1
  • 1961.0031
Label Text

A fragment of a larger unknown work, with three representations carved on a smooth background: a dolphin, a Chi-Rho emblem with the Greek letters Alpha and Omega and a fragment of an anchor or fish hook. An irregularly shaped, roughly chopped hole through the upper left portion of the piece. Overall surface has a fine finish. The outer edges of the piece are rough and the symbols and figure show signs of wear.