13 December 2002
A PAIR OF ROMAN GOLD DOUBLE-SERPENT BRACELETS
Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Each composed of a hoop of three spiral-twisted hollow tubes with terminals in the form of large finely-chased serpent heads emerging from a plain collar, with two loops topped with a cluster of granules attached to the mouth of one, a single loop attached to the mouth of the other, the loops now pinned to a modern circular box in imitation of the now-missing ancient original
3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) wide (2)
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For a similar example from Egypt compare no. 2815 in Marshall, Catalogue of the Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan & Roman, in the Departments of Antiquities, British Museum.
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