A gold bracelet composed of a gold band studded with two outer rows of pearls. The projecting central element, a basket (kalathos), is decorated with cabochon emeralds and flanked by coiling snakes. Snakes were regarded as protective spirits, associated with healing (Asklepios) by the Greeks and the Romans. In an Egyptian context, the snake was often associated with Agathodaimon ("the Good Spirit"). One of a pair with 1981.287.
Bracelet with a basket flanked by snakes
- Greek or Roman, Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period, about 40–20 B.C.
- Place of Manufacture
- possibly Egypt
- Height x diameter: 6.4 x 6.2 cm (2 1/2 x 2 7/16 in.)
- Medium or Technique
- Gold, emeralds, and pearls (modern)
- Jewelry / Adornment
- Accession Number
- On view
- Gems and Jewelry of the Ancient Mediterranean Gallery, Vance Wall Foundation - 210A