Western Asiatic Gold and Garnet Pendant

£ 850.00

An extremely fine and elaborate Western Asiatic gold pendant. The item features three cabochon garnets set in gold cells arranged horizontally to the top, dropping down from which are three bands of gold, decorated with gold granules and leading to a merged terminal comprising other three cabochon garnets framed by granulation. The lustrous stones feature different hues of purple and red. A loop for suspension to the top. Such pendant has been adapted from an earring in ancient times, with the suspension loop modelled from ancient gold. A truly exceptional jewel, witnessing the mastery of Western Asiatic goldsmiths. Weight: 6.72 g.

Date: 1st Millennium BC
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentlemen, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Extremely fine, the gold is in excellent condition. Suitable for modern wear with care.
Product Code: NES-56
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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, Etruscans and Romans.

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

Dimensions L 4.5 cm
Region

Near East (Western Asiatic)

Metal

Gold

Semi-Precious Stone

Garnet

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