The dolphin was feared and venerated by Romans and is highly visible in their mythology. Mosaics depict the dolphin as toothy and menacing. As seafarers, Romans understood the bond between dolphins and sailors and many tales of dolphin rescues and assistance are recorded. This variety is a bottlenose dolphin and typical to the Roman style, the snout is exaggerated. At least one ﬁbula (decorative garment pin) of a dolphin form similar to this is known. 2” length. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with a certification of authenticity.