This jewel presents a thin open rush, with flattened ends and decorated with grooves, whose schematization gives rise to several interpretations : they can evoke knotted ribbons, just like ancient hieroglyphic signs widely used in the form of amulets in pharaonic jewellery; they also recall flowers with corollas seen in profile, emerging from their leaflets, in the manner of floral buds arranged in seedlings on Coptic textiles.
Two identical bracelets were found in the excavations of Medinet-Habou, the ancient Coptic town of Djimé, located opposite Luxor, on the left bank of the Nile; they are silver inlaid with carnelian (now in the museums of Cairo and Chicago).
These comparison copies indicate for the Louvre jewel a probable production in Upper Egypt and a dating of the end of the Roman domination on this country or the beginning of the Coptic period. But the vigorous stylization gives this bracelet a resolutely modern appearance.
Length: 6.4 cm.
Width: 1.5 cm.
Height: 1.0 cm.
Materials according to model: 925 silver, gold plated
Period: 4th - 5th century A.D.
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum