Hellenistic Gold Miniature Amphora Pendant

£ 695.00

A finely modelled Ancient Greek Hellenistic hollow gold miniature pendant of an amphora. The pendant displays a bottom cluster of gold granules, topped by the amphora shaped element, featuring an applied decoration of gold filigree arranged horizontally on the body. Handles modelled from gold wire in an S shape, and a ribbed hoop to the top for attachment complete the jewel. This pendant might have originally been part of an earring: earrings with amphorae pendants have been largely recovered from Greek and roman territories. A truly marvellous and quaint example of gold working in Ancient Greece during the Hellenistic period. Weight: 1.72 g.

Date: Circa 2nd-1st Century BC
Provenance: Formerly from a late Japanese gentleman's collection, 1970s-2010s.
Condition: Very fine, suitable for modern wear with care.


Product Code: GS-80
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As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness. In Ancient Greek culture, jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the decease as part of his or her funerary outfit. Jewellery might have been enriched by precious and semi-precious stones and decorative motives would have included popular myths, gods, goddesses, and heroes. Jewellery such as this beautiful miniature pendant was crafted and intended for everyday use, instead of being destined exclusively to a funerary purpose.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions H 2.7 cm

Southern Europe