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Bracelets with a basket flanked by snakes

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A gold bracelet composed of a gold band studded with two outer rows of pearls. The projecting central element, a basket (kalathos), is decorated with cabochon emeralds and flanked by coiling snakes. Snakes were regarded as protective spirits, associated with healing (Asklepios) by the Greeks and...

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By 1980: with Holger Termer, Friedensweg 22, 2000 Hamburg 52, Germany (as ex Kunst der Antike: Ausstellung, Nov. 19-Dec. 19, 1980, Hamburg, no. 94); September 16, 1981: purchased by MFA from Holger Termer

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Greek or Roman, Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period, about 40–20 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

possibly Egypt

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 143.


Height: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.); max. diameter: 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, emeralds, and pearls (modern)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets