Bracelet with snake heads

DATE:
7th–6th century BCE
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Silver, chased
CLASSIFICATION:
Jewelry
DIMENSIONS:
2 1/4 × 2 5/8 × 3/8 in. (5.72 × 6.67 × 0.95 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Classical Art
LOCATION:
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Classical Galleries, Level 2
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Museum League Purchase Funds, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc., and Cecil H. and Ida M. Green in honor of Virginia Lucas Nick
OBJECT NUMBER:
1991.75.98

General Description

Chronologically and geographically, the term "Near Eastern jewelry" covers an enormous field. The three Near Eastern objects in the Moretti Collection of Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art (see also 1991.75.97.a-b, 1991.75.99) date to the 1st millennium BCE and come from Persia (modern-day Iran) or Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). This snake bracelet is a massive, pennanular hoop with a circular cross section. The open ends are shaped as snakes' heads. Details on the heads are chased. On the hoop directly behind the heads, scales are punched in a regular pattern. The end of the punched area is marked by engraved lines.

Adapted from

Barbara Deppert-Lippitz, Ancient Gold Jewelry at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press, 1996), 119; 146.