Date Made/Found: 200-400 AD
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Dimensions: Overall: 4 x 55mm (3/16 x 2 3/16in.)
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Accession Number: 1980.909
Bracelets were popular pieces of jewellery in Roman times. They are usually simple in design and can be made of various materials including jet, glass and bone. This example is made of copper alloy and dates from the 3rd or 4th century AD. This bracelet was found by chance in about 1970 when a factory was being built in the Wincobank area.
The two terminal ends of this bracelet are decorated with stylised snake heads. Snake motifs are popular on jewellery of the Roman period. Snakes were associated with healing and rebirth in antiquity, so wearing them on your body could have been seen as a form of protection. It has been suggested that bracelets such as this were worn by pregnant women as protective charms.
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