Elaborate Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Gold Pendant

£ 650.00

An exquisite Near Eastern – Western Asiatic high karat hollow gold pendant, featuring a round suspension loop at the top. Under the loop, a round bead featuring four rows of very fine granulation, which continue onto the main element of the pendant, which is composed of two domes joined at their base, the seam visible, creating a rhomboid shape. Wave like elements, hammered from gold sheet, are soldered on the main body, the space between them filled with extremely fine gold granules. A wonderful example of Near Eastern – Western Asiatic goldsmith art. Weight: 3.93 g.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC.
Condition: Very fine, the pendant is suitable for modern wear with care. Some earthly encrustations on the surface.


Product Code: NES-109
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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, electrum and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. 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 W 1.8 x H 2.7 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)



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