Western Asiatic Electrum Cluster Pendant

£ 700.00

A finely modelled Western Asiatic electrum pendant, with a cluster of eight dropping egg-shaped hollow electrum beads, crowned by alternating bands of granulation and smooth gold decoration. The cluster is attached to two joined short tripartite cylinders of hollow electrum, decorated with granulation and topped by a golden hoop, which features an opening to one side. Weight: 4.7g.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Condition: Extremely fine, the pendant is suitable for modern wear with care.
Product Code: NES-37
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Many grand civilizations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity is witnessed by the very sophisticated precious metal crafting of jewellery. Gold would have been hammered down to a thin layer and manipulated into different shapes. Gold and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Very fine granulation, as we can see on this item, along with filigree, were at the centre of Near Eastern and Western Asiatic jewellery production and were later adopted by the Greeks and Romans.

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


Dimensions L 2.8 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

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