DescriptionAmong the Museum’s treasures is a magnificent gold bracelet from Roman-period Egypt (A.D. 2nd century) with twisted spiral strands and a Herakles knot at the bezel. Our elegant earrings are based on this ancient bracelet.
24K gold overlay. 1 3/4''L. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.
- 24K gold overlay
- 1 3/4''L
- Pierced, with gold-filled wires
Art HistoryThe reef knot (or square knot), a pair of interlocking loops typically used by sailors, is a simple yet extremely strong knot. Known since Mycenaean times, the ancient Greeks referred to it as a “Herakles” knot since it was used by the mythical Greek hero to tie the skin of the Nemean lion around his neck after he had slain the beast and fulfilled the first of twelve labors given him by King Eurystheus. Because of its affiliation with Herakles, celebrated for his strength and bravery, the knot was considered a protective amulet. It was also associated with marriage and fertility and remained a popular ornamental form into Roman times.