- Museum number
Made out of one piece of gold wire, tapering from the narrowest point at the tail to the broad and flat head. The scales of the snake are engraved simply, and rendered only on the upper part of the ring, where they could be seen. The broader scales on the top of the snake's head are skilfully composed, and their overhang at the sides gives the snake a menacing look from its almost hooded eyes. The snake's mouth, with its serrated edge, enhances this sinister appearance.
- Production date
1stC BC-2ndC (circa)
1st century BC-1st century AD
Diameter: 1.50 centimetres (inner)
Diameter: 2 centimetres
Weight: 8.68 grammes
- Curator's comments
- This finger-ring is from a series of similar rings, made of bronze, silver or gold, comes this simple example.
F.H. Marshall, 'Catalogue of the Finger Rings, Greek, Etruscan and Roman in the British Museum' (London, 1907), no. 950;
S. Walker & P. Higgs [eds.], 'Cleopatra of Egypt' (London, 2001), p. 95 .
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008-09 23 Oct-26 Apr, Rome, Chiostro del Bramante, Julius Caesar, Man, Feats and Myth
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number