Roman Silver Finger Ring Healing Snake of Salus

Roman Silver Finger Ring Healing Snake of Salus

Code: 10340


This is a nice ancient Roman silver finger ring, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is of penannular form, decorated with two facing snakeheads. A similar ring found in Oxfordshire discussed here PAS-942FE3 and Suffolk SF-8BEF14. This snake ring is of Johns Type Bii, there are numerous parallels from the Snettisham jeweller's hoard, (Johns, 1997, 36-37 and 100-105, nos243-274). 

The snake during this period was associated with healing, the goddess Salus and Asclepius all have associations with snakes.

OBJECT: Finger Ring


DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.


RING SIZE:  7 (US)  O  (UK)

SIZE: 22mm x 24mm x 3mm

WEIGHT: 5.2 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection.