The Republic of Malta lies in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea which is surrounded by 20 nations inhabited by more than 400 million people. Malta’s playful ‘Cover Girl’ is a Mediterranean bottlenose dolphin (sterling silver filigree and turquoise gemstone, 3.5x8cm). Filigree making (→Back) dates to the Phoenicians (read 4♦, Ace♦ and 2♥) and is distinct to the Mediterranean basin. Silver or gold granules are poured into moulds which produce ingots after cooling and are then stretched into thin wire and hand-wound into shapes, with ornate designs being most prized and valuable.
Coastal dolphins are globally among the best-known marine mammals. Dolphins are highly mobile and found in all of the world’s oceans and seas; this flexible touring exhibition too aims to travel far and wide. Dolphins are intelligent, communicative and sociable animals, a group is a ‘school’. Here our sea blue-eyed Delphis, from Greek meaning ‘womb’, encases all cards in the deck, a pack of 58 professional artists is presenting a myriad of Maltese schools of art as practised in the 21st century.