Two gold bracelets, each with a central boss almost identical to this were excavated at Raqqa in 1939. At the time there was said to have been a third found at the same site, which could be this example. Both the other two have finer decoration around the band consisting of honorific kufic inscriptions and it is possible that ours is an early replacement. This is also probable since both other examples have one quarter of the band hinged to place it over the hand.
Both the others have, however, lost all the inset stones and here ours is extremely informative, since all the stones with one exception have survived, showing that they were not gemstones, but coloured glass and mother-of-pearl.
These bracelets were usually made in pairs, so far as we can tell. The two mentioned above are a pair and there are a number of other pairs of Syrian gold bracelets that have been published.
Atil, E. et al.: Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1985, no.4, pp.65-67
Atil, E.: Art of the Arab World, Washington D.C., 1975
The Arts of Islam, exhibition catalogue, London, 1976, no.242, p.202
From Ebla To Damascus, exhibition catalogue, Washington D.C. 1985, no.273, p.525 and col.pl.p.437