Lot 27: Roman Gold Twisted Snake Bracelet
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 2nd-3rd century AD. A delicate gold bracelet formed as a rectangular-section guilloche with spiked tail and inturned loop head. 4.30 grams, 43mm (1 3/4"). Property of a Swindon, UK, collector; acquired TimeLine Auctions, 1st December 2011, lot 237; formerly UK market, 1980s. Snakes were a popular subject for jewellery from the Greek through to the Roman periods and are possibly associated with the Agathodaimon, or good spirit, that was believed to inhabit each home and protect the family. The snake was also believed to have magic powers and the motif was believed to ward off evil powers. Excavations at the House of the Faun in Pompeii have uncovered two similar bracelets in gold, now in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, in Naples.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.