Byzantine (Coptic) Period
Overall: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.) length; .6 diameter
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Small bracelet with 1 or more dangle decorations missing; rusted.
Similar bracelets produced during this period often carried images of saints, images from scripture, or even invocations for protection. This particular bracelet is highly worn and the precise pattern of decoration is difficult to discern.
For comparable examples in the Coptic Cairo Museum, see Inv. no. 7022, 7023, and 7026. See Josef Strzygowski, Catalogue General des Antiquites Egyptiennes du Musee du Caire: Koptische Kunst (Vienna: Imprimerie Adolf Holzhausen, 1904), pp. 331-332.
From Akhmim.Purchased by Albert M. Lythgoe in Egypt 1904
Emily Esther Sears Fund