Western Asiatic Electrum Earrings with Metal Beads

£ 750.00

A matching pair of stunning Western Asiatic earrings, modelled from electrum. Composed of large, rounded hooks, the earrings feature drops made from a single electrum wire, enclosing two metal rounded beads, possibly bronze, and modelled into a coil to the top. These beautiful earrings bear witness to the great mastery of precious metal workers from Ancient Western Asia. Weight: 9.63 g.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium-5th Century BC
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentlemen, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Very fine. The earrings are suitable for modern wear with care.
Product Code: NES-55

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 along with filigree, were at the centre of Near Eastern and Western Asiatic jewellery production and were later adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.

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

Dimensions L 5.2 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)


Bronze, Electrum

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