Bracelet with snake heads
- 7th–6th century BCE
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Silver, chased
- 2 1/4 × 2 5/8 × 3/8 in. (5.72 × 6.67 × 0.95 cm)
- Classical Art
- 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:
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.
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.