Western Asiatic Gold Pair of Earrings

£ 1,100.00

An exquisite pair of Western Asiatic solid high karat gold earrings featuring a penannular shape slightly bulging at the centre. each earring is enriched by three clusters of gold granules arranged in a pyramid-like shape, one at the base and two, smaller in size, to the front. The large formation at the base is composed of four clusters and a central one topping these. Two additional single granules decorated the end terminal. Hinged clasp mechanisms complete the earrings. This earring design became extremely popular cross many different ancient cultures such as Etruscan, Greek, Roman, Parthian and Sassanian. Weight: 10.75 g.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC.
Provenance: From the collection of a late Japanese gentleman, 1970s-2010s.
Condition: Very fine, the earrings are suitable for modern wear with care. One clasp modern. Please consult a professional jeweller for alterations.
Product Code: NES-108
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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 1.7 x H 2.1 cm

Near East (Western Asiatic)



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