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Snake Bracelet

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Description Solid-gold bracelets and rings in the form of snakes were among the most popular objects in Greek and Roman jewelry. The bracelets were often worn in pairs, either on the wrist or on the upper arm. The snakes symbolize fertility and were intended to ward off evil.
Date Description Narrative
4/11/1984Treatmentcleaned; other
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Giovanni Dattari, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Collection of Giovanni Dattari Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 17-19, 1912, lot 573; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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1st century CE (Roman Imperial)
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Diam: 2 3/4 in. (6.99 cm)
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