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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Small Bracelet
Work Type
8th-7th century BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
Orientalizing period
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Physical Descriptions

Copper alloy
5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)
Technical Details

Technical Observations: The patina is a smooth light to dark green, with a bit of pitting and a few small chips along the edges. The bracelet was probably bent into shape from one long strip and shaped in the metal into a slightly uneven coil, as the spiral would probably have been too complex to cast.

Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2011)

Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: Small tan label "B2" on the interior.


Recorded Ownership History
The Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University (before 1970-2012), transfer; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2012.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
This small double-coiled bracelet was, if worn, possibly for a child. The shape was perhaps meant to represent a stylized snake: one of the terminals is slightly larger and almost head shaped (1). Incised zigzag patterning is visible on the exterior of the bracelet near the terminals.

A. M. Bietti Sestieri and E. Macnamara indicate that this type of coiled rod bracelet might be better described as a weight (2).


1. See C. Johns, The Jewellery of Roman Britain: Celtic and Classical Traditions (London, 1996) 44-45, on the typology of snake jewelry; and ibid., 109-10, on snake bracelets specifically.

2. Compare A. M. Bietti Sestieri and E. Macnamara, Prehistoric Metal Artefacts from Italy (3500-720 BC) in the British Museum (London, 2007) 20 and 196, Bracelet type 8, nos. 655-56.

Lisa M. Anderson

Publication History

  • John Crawford, Sidney Goldstein, George M. A. Hanfmann, John Kroll, Judith Lerner, Miranda Marvin, Charlotte Moore, and Duane Roller, Objects of Ancient Daily Life. A Catalogue of the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection Belonging to the Department of the Classics, Harvard University, ed. Jane Waldbaum, Department of the Classics (unpublished manuscript, 1970), M26, p. 164 [J. S. Crawford]

Subjects and Contexts

  • Ancient Bronzes

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