Western Asiatic Bronze Openwork Decorated Pin


A Western Asiatic large bronze pin featuring a tapered shank, which slightly flattens toward the large openwork disc. The disc is enriched with seven concentric circles, each connected with different geometric motifs. Along the rim of the last band are small delicate circles, some now missing parts. A trumpet like shape sits at the top and is decorated with diagonal lines. The solid pin reaches up until the sixth circle in which two parallel lines protrude upwards across the rest of the disc. Along the top of the shaft on one side, seven additional circles have been added to further embellish the piece. Beautiful green patination is visible to the surface.

Date: 2nd-1st Millenium BC
Provenance: Ex important Japanese collection, 1970s-2010
Condition: Fine condition, slight breaks over parts of the openwork patterns. Green patination to the shank.

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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. Openwork bronze objects were created using a mould, the liquid bronze would be poured into a ceramic mould and once hardened, the mould would be destroyed. Therefore, each piece is individual and difficult to make an exact replica.

To find out more about the different decorative metal works, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques.

Weight 155.7 g
Dimensions W 13.9 x H 31.5 cm




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