Ancient Greek Gold Grape Cluster Earrings

£ 1,250.00

A matching pair of finely modelled solid gold Ancient Greek earrings, which comprise a twisted gold wire circular hoop to the top and an ornate granule cluster composition to the bottom. On the bottom of each hoop, two small pyramidal clusters of granules mirrored on either side. The pendants, resembling grape clusters, comprise three levels of granulation topped by pyramidal clusters, leading to four larger gold granules below, each with smaller granule pyramid finials to the bottom. A highly sophisticated design, showcasing the high refinement of goldsmith art in the Ancient Greek culture. The earrings are modelled using high karat gold, around 22-24 karat. Weight: 8.96 g.

Date: Circa 5th-3rd Century BC
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentleman, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Very fine condition, suitable for modern wear with care. Consult a professional jeweller for alterations.
Product Code: GS-70
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As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness. In Ancient Greek culture jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the deceased as part of his or her funerary outfit. Jewellery might have been enriched by precious and semi-precious stones and decorative motives would have included popular myths, gods, goddesses, and heroes.

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

Dimensions W 1.3 x H 2.5 cm
Region

Southern Europe

Metal

Gold

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