Hellenistic Greek Granulated Bead Pendant

£ 600.00

An extremely fine Greek Hellenistic pendant, featuring gold and hard-stone beads. The spherical, hollow gold bead features extremely fine granulation, two larger granules to the top on each side and a trilobite pyramidal granule cluster terminal to the bottom. On top, a veined agate tubular-shaped bead topped by a smaller carnelian round bead. A gold wire holds the beads together, twisted and shaped into a loop for suspension at the top. Weight: 3.29 g.

Date: Circa 4th-3rd Century BC
Condition: Extremely fine. Some earthly encrustations on the gold bead. Suitable for modern wear with care.
Product Code: GS-76
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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 deceased 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.

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

Dimensions W 1.4 x H 3.4 cm

Southern Europe



Semi-Precious Stone

Agate, Carnelian

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