Silver Snake Votive Figure - Hellenistic - c 1st century AD


Silver “SNAKE” Votive Figure

Hellenistic (Greco-Roman)

Circa 1st century AD

Diameter:  33mm – 1.25” – Weight: 9.50 gm

An unusual ancient silver votive figure crafted from a single strip of hammered silver in the form of a coiled snake with carefully incised details of the head and skin. Probably produced during the Hellenistic (Greco-Roman) era, though the design hearkens back to a more classical style.

In fine condition with remnants of toning and surface patina.

Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had many representations of snakes in their religious symbology. Rather than being a symbol of evil as in the Judeo-Christian tradition, they were often seen as benign and beneficial. Seen as a symbol of wisdom, healing and eternity, the snake was manifest as an element in the wand of both Hermes and Asclepius, and as companions of both Apollo and Athena.


  • Inventory# PA-3586