Roman Bronze Snake Ring

$89.09

A nice Ancient Roman cast bronze ring, formed from a single wire of bronze in the shape of a snake, wrapped around itself. The spirals and the head of the serpent are rendered with a hint of naturalism through a series of small engraved lines. UK ring size: J.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine, nice dark brown patina to the surface. Suitable for modern wear with care.

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SKU: FP-267 Category: Tags: , ,

Jewellery, such as bracelets, necklaces and rings, shaped as snakes were extremely popular across the Roman Empire, with the earliest examples dating to the European Iron Age. Snake-inspired jewels held many amuletic connotations. In particular, snakes were associated with the healing snake of Asclepius, the Roman god of medicine and science.

Snakes also held different meanings from being guardians to being symbols of resurrection.

Weight 2.6 g
Dimensions W 2.1 cm
Culture

Metal

Region

Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum 1892,0901.752

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