Sunday, October 2, 2016

Roman Snake Rings

Snake jewels in Roman times had a host of amuletic connotations. They were associated with the healing snakes of Asclepius, the god of medicine, who in Egypt was assimilated with the god Sarapis. Snakes also had many meanings from being guardians to being symbols of resurrection.

In Ancient Rome, the image of the coiled snake was used to represent immortality. Also common is designs where the snake is eating its own tail, forming a complete circle representing wholeness and perfection, like the roundness of the sun and moon and eternity.

Roman gold snake ring, c. 1st century B.C.-1st century A.D., sold for $16,250
Solid gold bracelets and rings in the form of snakes were among the most popular objects in Greek and Roman jewellry. The snakes were intended to ward off evil.