Symbol of healing, the serpent was also the guardian and protector of sacred places and objects. The Greeks revered the serpent for its wisdom and healing powers (as in the cult of Asklepios, god of medicine), but also feared them for their tremendous powers.
The snake appears as an aggressive defender in many ancient Greek myths: the name 'Medusa' (the snake-haired Gorgon) translates from the Greek as 'guardian' or 'protectress'. The Romans regarded the snake as the continuing spirit (or 'genius' in Latin) of the family unit.
Below shows an image of the kantharos with a sterling silver serpent bracelet.
This kantharos is cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring between each one.
More on the symbolism of the serpent in ancient Greece in Insights on our archived Wordpress site.
bronze kantharos with serpent handles
- Code: BP-14
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £54.17