A snake twisted around the cord.
The snake is an ambivalent symbol. As a predator the snake, symbolizes death and destruction; as a creature which can change its skin, the snake symbolizes life. A snake is also identified with the cycle of phenomena. Life and death, light and darkness, good and evil, wisdom and blind passion, healing and poison, preserver and destroyer, the revival of the spiritual and the physical.
A snake was a symbol of life for the Assyrians (on the Syrian and Arabic languages, the word "serpent" comes from the root "to live").
In ancient Egypt, the snake was a symbol of the Sun and the Osiris, as well as a symbol of the heavenly river.
A well-known symbol of wisdom and initiation.