Object of the month

DACIAN SPIRAL BRACELET MADE OF SILVER

A representative piece of the „Maria and dr. George Severeanu” collection is the spiral bracelet with end plates and zoomorphic, snake-head terminations. Recent information on their iconography show that the ornamentation of the end plates was not inspired by the anatomy of local snakes but, rather, by a two-headed creature (a fantastic being of pre-roman collective imagination, Glycon, Ketos, Triton, Draco) closely linked to the local mythological background. The representations on the phalerae from Lupu suggest that it might represent an interpretation of the Dioscuri, portrayed as snakes and suggesting a double immortality through cyclic regeneration. The spread of these bracelets in our country is quasi-uniform. The discovery of the gold objects at Grădiștea de Munte led to the hypothesis that these might have offered the artistic model also used for silver. Thus, based on these analogies, the bracelet can be dated to the mid-1st century BC and the early 1st century AD.

 The bracelet is on display at the George Severeanu Museum (Henri Coandă Street, no. 26)