A striking Roman bronze bracelet with cobra head terminals. 1st - 3rd Century A.D. Lovely colours in the patina with good detail to the heads (see photos). Rare.
It was thought snake jewellery was worn as an amulet because in the classical world snakes were positive symbols - associated with healing, rebirth and ancestors. This bracelet has a fabulous patina displaying the full range of colours found in ancient bronze.
Condition: Fine. No damage. Small areas of verdigris with significant exposed cuprite layer.
Dimensions: Dia: 75mm. So this could be worn by a lady.
Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK, formed during the early 20th century. Purchased at UK auction. *From the same old UK collection as items 34, 48, 75 and 103.
Roman bracelets are some of the most collectable antiquities for sale. Roman men, women and children of all social classes wore bracelets to decorate their wrists and also their arms (armlets). They were made in a variety of materials; particularly copper-alloy (bronze), glass, silver, gold and in Britain shale (manufactured in Yorkshire and Dorset).
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