Bracelet with Agathodaimon, Isis-Tyche, Aphrodite, and Terenouthis
1st century B.C.–A.D. 1st century
1 9/16 x 2 3/16 in. (4 x 5.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1923
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.