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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Fig. 52—Armlets

Although this word has the same meaning as bracelet, yet the latter is practically so exclusively used to denote the ornament of the wrist, that it seems proper to distinguish by armlet the similar ornament which is worn on the upper arm. There is also this difference between them, that in the East bracelets are generally worn by women, and armlets only by men. The armlet, however, is in use among men only as one of the insignia of sovereign power. The Egyptian kings are represented with armlets, which were also worn by the Egyptian women. These, however, are not jeweled, but of plain or enameled metal, as was in all likelihood the case among the Hebrews.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Armlet'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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