Spiral Bracelet with Serpent Head Terminals

Unknownabout 500 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Composed of a thin strip of silver, rounded on its outer surfaces and flat on the inner and terminating in serpents' heads. Three small ridged metal bands have been bent at even intervals around each end of the bracelet. The snake heads are rather crudely rendered. A squarish hole is pierces in each snake head and there are incised eyes on either edge of the terminals, and scales created by U-shaped gouges cover the surface up to the third metal band.


  • Title: Spiral Bracelet with Serpent Head Terminals
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 500 B.C.
  • Location Created: Gela, Sicily, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 73 cm (28 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Bracelet
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Silver
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 72.AM.36.14
  • Culture: Greek (Sicilian)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Jewelry

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