The dolphin shows a bird-like beak incised with double line and a large eye with two concentric circles.
Other details follow artistic conventions for the depiction of fish. The pair of ventral fins and the dorsal fin are not found with dolphins and are certainly borrowed from the anatomy of fishes.
Red used for the flipper, the area between head and body, and for the belly.
The circles with central spots and the incised cross-like rosettes in the field point to Early Corinthian.
Tongues on top of the mouth, the neck and the bottom. Dots on the edge of the mouth, a vertical zigzag on the handle. The bottom with tiny indentation. The mouth is set askew.
For a closely related example, cf. inv. no. SC 2004:20-48 in the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Early Corinthian, 625-600 BC
H. 5.8 cm (2.3 in)
Fine example. Small shard out of the mouth restored. Surface slightly worn.
Ex South German private collection, since the 1970s. Thence by descent.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.