This extraordinary snake armlet with an inlaid Herakles knot was among the more popular type and subject of personal luxury adornments in the Greek and Roman civilizations, including the Greek colonies which flourished around the Black Sea. Some styles were copied so closely by contiguous cultures that it can be difficult, if not impossible, to be certain who crafted an item. One unusual feature of the armlet seen here is the minute scales of the snakes, each crafted separately, and attached with solder. This technique has been documented on several other artifacts from antiquity examined at this facility. all have been attributed to Central Asia, and almost certainly from the Scythian culture.View details »
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