Hellenistic Elaborate Gold Pendant with Pearls

£ 695.00


A finely modelled Ancient Greek Hellenistic elaborate gold pendant. The jewel features a tubular shank with four radiating gold spheres decorated with applied gold wire and featuring pyramidal clusters of fine granulation to the top and bottom. Pearls and flat disc pale blue glass beads further embellish this intricately decorated pendant at the top, to the bottom a golden flat foot bead featuring a filigree frame and a larger pearl. A loop for suspension to the top. A truly marvellous example of the high skilled gold smithery in Ancient Greece during the Hellenistic period. Weight: 3.34 g.

Date: Circa 2nd-1st Century BC
Provenance: Formerly from a late Japanese gentleman's collection, 1970s-2010s.
Condition: Very fine, suitable for modern wear with care.
Product Code: GS-81
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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 decease 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. Jewellery such as this beautiful miniature pendant was crafted and intended for everyday use, instead of being destined exclusively to a funerary purpose.

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

Dimensions H 3 cm

Southern Europe



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