A Pair of Nabatean Gold Earrings

£ 1,950.00

An elegant pair of Nabatean, or Nabataean, gold earrings in almost perfect condition, each formed in a crescent shaped hoop with a closed hook fastening. The underside is joined to a U-shaped sheet adorned on each side with a row of granulation, with a fringe of miniature granulated triangles interspersed with double rows of granules centred by a plain wire. The ends are topped with a cluster of hollow spheres embellished with granulation. Weight: 14 g.


Date: Circa 1st – 2nd century AD
Provenance: Ex. Jordanian family collection.
Condition: Very fine, intact, with some encrustation. These earrings are suitable for modern wear with modern hook or stud applied. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.
Product Code: NES-32
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Nabateans were originally an Arab nomadic people who then installed and inhabited the regions of Northern Arabia and Southern Levant. Their capital was the city of Raqmu, now known as Petra. According to the Greek historian Strabo, Nabateans were extremely skilled in working silver and gold. Nabatean jewellery pieces have been excavated at Petra, Avdat, Mamshit and Qasrawet. The decorations on their jewellery were mostly non-figurative as opposed to human and animal shapes on Hellenistic-Roman pieces.

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

Dimensions W 3.5 x H 3 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

Reference: For a similar item, Christie's, 5th December 2010, New York, lot number 320.

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