Mysterious snake appears in painting of Queen Elizabeth I

The mysterious image of a coiled snake that appeared in a 16th century painting of Queen Elizabeth I Photo: PA

A mysterious image of a coiled snake has appeared in a 16th century painting of Queen Elizabeth I, according to the National Portrait Gallery.

The serpent was depicted being clasped in the Tudor monarch’s fingers in the original version of the work – but it was painted over at the last minute and replaced with a more decorative bunch of roses.

Deterioration over time has meant the snake has revealed itself once more, with its outline now visible on the surface.

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