Bracelet representing a viper with horns, recognizable by the protuberances of its head. This kind of snake bracelet, worn on the upper arm, appeared in Egypt in the 1st century BC and continues to this day.
It is not known if the goldsmith was inspired by the legend of the death of the great Cleopatra, the last queen of the Lagid dynasty, who, to escape the triumph of Octavian, was brought a basket of figs and flowers in the middle of which hid an aspic. This jewel, with its finely carved scales, is eminently prophylactic. The bite of the snake having remained deadly for a long time, no one will dare attack the one who carries the image.
Dimensions: l. 1.8 cm
Material: Gold plated
Period: Roman (404-30 BC)
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum