Ancient Roman silver spiral snake bracelet
This is a superb and rare ancient Roman silver bracelet, dating to the Augustan era of the late 1st century B.C. The elongated penannular shaped bracelet is decorated with two spirals, with the terminals formed into opposing snakeheads. The body of the bracelet is strengthened with a ridge, decorated with linear strokes. It is an excellent example in good 'hoard' metal, presumably being found buried in a cache or inhumation deposit. Such a bracelet would have been worn on the upper arm of a noblewoman, either of Thracian decent or produced by a Thracian jeweller for the Roman elite. A great looking object with a lot of presence!
OBJECT: Snake Bracelet
CULTURE: Thracian Iron Age / Roman
DATE: c. 1st century B.C. - early 1st century A.D.
SIZE: 6.5 x 6.4 cm diameter max. Width 4.1 cm.
WEIGHT: 25.5 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection, Munich.