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Bracelet with Agathodaimon, Isis-Tyche, Aphrodite, and Terenouthis

Period:
Roman Period
Date:
1st century B.C.–A.D. 1st century
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
1 9/16 x 2 3/16 in. (4 x 5.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.2.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 137
Powerful talismans of fertility and good destiny are woven into this rich golden composition. The bodies of two snakes intertwine to form a Herakles knot, the centerpiece of this bracelet. The snake on the left represents Agathodaimon, and the cobra on the right Terenouthis, two agrarian/fertility deities associated with Serapis and Isis, respectively. On the platform between them stand two goddesses, Isis-Tyche (or Isis-Fortuna), a deity closely associated with Alexandria, and the nude Aphrodite.
Purchased from Howard Carter, Luxor, 1923.

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