9 December 2008
A ROMANO-BRITISH SILVER SNAKE RING
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Formed from a stout wire coiled to an open hoop, the ends each terminating in a snake head, realistically rendered, with detailed scales along the upper half of the hoop, the snake eyes deeply recessed, the mouths delineated, with fine details along the sides of the heads
1 in. (2.5 cm.) high; ring size 5
Belgian Private Collection, 1980s.
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For a similar example found in London in Great Russell Street and now in the British Museum, see no. 3.6 in Johns, The Jewellery of Roman Britain.
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