Urartu Solid Gold Earrings with Granules

£ 1,100.00

A pair of stunning Urartu matching pair of solid gold earrings, each enriched by three pyramidal clusters of gold granules. This type of earrings originated between the 2nd and 1st Millennium BC, possibly coming from ancient Persia. The shape of such earring became extremely popular across many different ancient cultures such as Etruscan, Greek, Roman, Parthian and Sasanian. The earrings are modelled using high karat gold, around 22-24 karat. Weight: 9.67 g.

Date: Circa 9th - 6th Century BC
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentleman, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Very fine. The earrings are suitable for modern wear through the application of a stud or loop. Please consult a professional jeweller for alterations.


Product Code: NES-59
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Urartu was an Iron Age kingdom situated between Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, and the Caucasus mountains, in what was later to be known as the Armenian Highlands. The kingdom was centred around Lake Van and corresponds to the biblical Kingdom of Ararat. Urartu refers predominantly to the region, whilst the term “kingdom of Urartu” is used for the Iron Age state that developed in that region. Urartu jewellery, which was worn by both men and women, is predominantly recovered in funeral sites. Beautiful elaborate jewellery, such as rings, bracelets and earrings, comprising gold and silver embroidery such as filigree and granulation, are characteristic of the Urartu goldsmith and silversmith production.

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

Dimensions H 2.1 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 1984.175.33a, b

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