This enigmatic, cast bronze sculpture stands on three feet. The twisted tree trunk is naturalistically modelled with fissures and broken branches. A snake entwines itself up and around the trunk whilst its head is working its way back down. Intact, with an attractive green patina.
A free-standing sculpture like this could well have formed part of a larger group. For an example with a tree (though without the snake) see S. Reinach, Repertoire de la Statuaire, Tome II, Vol.I (Paris, 1987), pl.258/1
Animali nel Mondo Antico dal 3000 A.C. (cultura ittita ed egizia) al 500 D.C. (fine dell'Impero Romano) (Lugano, 1992), pp.46-47, no.125