- This incised and decorated bracelet winds its two heads around an arm with graceful curves, replicating similar motifs on jewelry, vases, and many other objects of antiquity. It is made in either gold or silver-plate with a lead-free, nickel-free base metal, and measures approximately 2 3/4" in diameter. Images of snakes, symbolizing many things, including female power and wisdom, take form on ancient art objects in the museum's collection at the Getty Villa.
In ancient times, animals and mythological creatures were often painted on ceramic vessels, fashioned into jewelry, and carved on sculptures. The snake is a recurring motif in art and mythology and often symbolizes female power, fertility, wisdom, rebirth, and rain.
In Greek mythology, the Gorgon Medusa had hair composed of writhing snakes. Battling the Hydra, a seven-headed serpent, was the second labor given to Hercules. Aesculapius, the son of the god Apollo, was a famous healer thought to have had the ability to heal the dead. He carried a knotted wooden staff around which a serpent was coiled a symbol used to this day to represent the medical profession, health, and wisdom.Item #:
Silver - BRSNKS