London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A ROMANO-EGYPTIAN GOLD 'SNAKE' RING
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C/A.D.
The twisting coiled body with detailed scaling on the upper part of the body, the cobra head probably originally inlaid, its tail lightly stippled and twisted back on itself
1¾ in. (4.5 cm.) high
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Cf. B. Deppert-Lippitz, Griechischer Goldschmuck, Mainz, 1985, p. 208, col pl. XXIV; and pp. 292-293, pl. 223 for two similar gold snake armlets.
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