Bracelet with a basket flanked by snakes
about 40–20 B.C.
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)
Gems and Jewelry of the Ancient Mediterranean (Made possible by the Vance Wall Foundation) (Gallery 210A)
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.