Spiral Twisted Gold Armlets from Memphis, Egypt
Pictured above is a pair of spirally twisted gold armlets with one duck-head terminal preserved and is said to be from Memphis, Egypt and is likely dated around 100-200 A.D. Memphis was once a capital of Egypt and houses the great temple of Ptah, god of creation. The city’s original name in Medu Neter (Egyptian language) was Inbu Hedj (or Aneb-Hetch) meaning white walls. Inbu Hedj was where the first pharaohs of Egypt reigned for over eight dynasties until the capital moved to Thebes. By the time these armlets were fashioned however, Egypt itself was no longer governed by dynasties and was completely overtaken by foreigners.