When it comes to snakes, most people seem to have an innate fear of them. Maybe that's why the source of evil in the Garden of Eden was a serpent.
But there are good snakes as well. Consider that the Hopi Indians in North American included snakes in their rituals asking the gods for fertile lands and good crops; and Africa, Mesopotamia and Iran all had cultures that at some point worshiped the benevolent powers of the snake.
This snake looks like a good snake to us, maybe because its body language is so non-threatening. It's gracefully looped into a naturalistic diamond shape which is quite ornamental. Its scales too are decorative and simplified, with some antique blacking to accent them, as are its eyes.
An interesting detail is the way the hanger is partially recessed in back which adds to the impression that the snake is holding onto the chain with its mouth.
- Material: Solid sterling silver
- Finish: Polished
- Slightly more than 1/2 inch wide x 1 inch tall (14 x 26mm)
- Chain: 18 inch (45.6cm), with spring ring closer
- Item number: wh406