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Ring with Snake

Striking jewelry fashioned in the shape of snakes became popular in Ptolemaic Egypt. This type of jewelry specifically draws on both Egyptian tradition and Hellenistic Greek craftsmanship, and undoubtedly served an amuletic function. Examples of this type continue to be popular during the Roman Empire, and, as with this ring, they increasingly included inset gemstones.

Ring with Snake
Imperial period, 1st–4th century AD
Gold, garnet
Diam. 15/16 in. (2.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 65.87.13