Spiral Hair Ring with Serpent Head Terminals

Unknownabout 500 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A rounded tube of silver formed into a single helix and terminating in serpents heads. The snake heads have been modeled so that they project from the spiral band. Besides incised eyes, the only other elaboration is the stippled surface of the heads and the V-shaped channels marking the join between head and spiral.


  • Title: Spiral Hair Ring with Serpent Head Terminals
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 500 B.C.
  • Location Created: Gela, Sicily, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Hair ring
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Silver
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 72.AM.36.15
  • Culture: Greek (Sicilian)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Jewelry

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