The title The Snake Queen referrers to a folkloric children’s tale here in Switzerland. And not to a Gorgon like many might think.
The Snake Queen:
Once, on a hot summer day, a young farmers’ daughter saw a snake lying on the hot stone of the road. It was almost dying because of the heat. The girl took the snake with her and fed it milk till it was strong enough to leave her hut on its own. On the next dawn another snake appeared in the farmer’s daughter home. But on the snake’s back sat a small elf. The Snake Queen. “You took care of me when I was in need. I am grateful for that and you shall be rewarded.” She spoke, took of her gold crown, handed it to the girl and disappeared again. The farmers’ daughter treasured the Queens present and from that day on wealth and happiness filled her life.
The hand resembles the helping one of the farmers’ daughter. Holding the snake gently, meaning: caring for every creature on earth. The golden ring is the present of the Snake Queen, meaning: With every good deed we make, one will eventually come back.