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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, braided and incised

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Edmond Dresden

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Bracelets were part of the traditional costume in most Islamic cultures, and were always originally worn in matching pairs. Many of those made in Egypt were made of twisted wire, often intertwined in complex patterns, as here.

This example was described as ‘Modern Egyptian’ when it was acquired by the Museum in 1904. The realistic snake’s head and tail, and the catch on the back, are not typical of the traditional designs made for the nomadic Bedouin, and it may have been made for the urban population, or tourists.

Physical description

Penannular silver bracelet of triangular section made from a band of multiple braided wire, with the head of a snake at one end in solid metal, and the tail at the other. One eye of the snake is made from a circular mount for a missing stone. There is a small hook attached to the back of the tail which fastens in a ring on the back of the braided section.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)


1850-1899 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, braided and incised


Diameter: 6.4 cm

Object history note

Accessions register entry: 'Bracelet of silver. / a flexible cable of treble-twisted wires, of triangular section, terminates in the head and tail of a snake, one eye of which is formed by a raised setting for a stone (missing). The fastening is by a hook at the tip of the tail and a loop below the neck. / Modern Egyptian / Diam (closed), 2 1/2 in.'

Descriptive line

Silver penannular bracelet of multiple braided wire with a snake's head and tail, Egypt, 1850-1899.





Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Africa; Metalwork


Middle East Section

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