Our stylish Egyptian Snake Bracelet is based on a gold original from the Macedonian and Ptolemaic period (332–30 B.C.) featuring a snake head. After Egypt came under the rule of the Hellenistic Greeks (323–27 B.C.) and later became a province of the Roman Empire (after 27 B.C.), the snake became a fashionable jewelry motif, well- suited for coiling around the neck and wrist. The bold coiled design on the original bracelet has been adapted to our bracelet.
24K gold overlay. Snake: 2 1/2''W; Inner circumference: 5 1/4''L. Adjustable braided design for a flexible fit.
- 24K gold overlay
- Adjustable braided design for a flexible fit
- Inner circumference: 5 1/4''LSnake: 2 1/2''W
Art HistoryReliefs and paintings on tomb walls and painted depictions of jewelry on mummy portraits and mummy cases provide evidence of how jewelry was made and worn in ancient Egypt. Pendants, necklaces, earrings, diadems, armlets, bracelets, anklets, and hair ornaments not only beautified the wearer, but often served as amulets, protecting the owner from harm. Finely worked pieces of jewelry were commonly placed in the tombs of the royal family and high-ranking officials. Two main types of serpent jewelry are represented in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods—one suggesting a realistic snake, with a head and a tail, and a second type with two snake heads, one at each terminal. The sinuous, coiling shape of the reptile was especially well-suited to the design of rings and bracelets. The snake also had positive associations, particularly with Asclepius, a benevolent god of medicine and healing.