Western Asiatic Gold Swivel Pendant with Coral Bead

£ 500.00

An exquisite Western Asiatic gold swivel pendant, featuring a bright orange round coral bead. The pendant comprises a hollow-formed U-shaped hoop, with a vertical attachment which tapers into a thin wire modelled into a loop for suspension, with a coil at its base. The hoop features two rounded terminals, pierced to accommodate a separate gold bar for the swivel, with a longitudinally pierced coral round bead. The swivel, more commonly found in rings than pendants, is Phoenician and Egyptian in origin and was extremely popular across the Mediterranean basin in Antiquity, with similar items having been found in Cyprus, Greece and Etruria. Weight: 3.66 g.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium-5th Century BC
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentlemen, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Very fine. The pendant is suitable for modern with care.


Product Code: NES-57

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 2.8 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)



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