Ancient Egyptian gold snake ring, circa 4th-1st century BC.


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Ancient Egyptian gold snake ring. A yellow gold ring in the form of a snake, the finely engraved lozenge shaped head leading through to a solid D-shape shank and terminating in a sinuous double coil, engraved throughout with curving scales. Tested yellow gold, approximately 7.9g in weight, circa 4th-1st century BC, accompanied by an Oxford Labs X-ray fluorescence report stating the composition of the metal.

The snake motif is one of the earliest motifs used in jewellery, being favoured since ancient times. Snakes were thought to represent the unending circle of life and everlasting love.

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