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Bronze snake

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C. or later
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (4.4 x 14.6 x 7.3 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.192.77
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
The snake, a mysterious and remote animal, was a symbol used in the worship of various deities in antiquity, including Athena, Asklepios, and Dionysos. This snake is said to be from Megara.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Animals in Greek Sculpture: A Survey. pp. 36, 78, fig. 181, pl. LVII, London: Oxford University Press.

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