As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth, social status and privilege. The Greek Empire was famous in antiquity for its richness of gold and precious stones. In Greek societies, jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the deceased as part of his or her funerary outfit.
Ancient Greek Gold Crescent Hoop Earrings
An exquisite matching pair of gold earrings, designed into a crescent hoop tapering to a ribbed tip. The earrings are embellished with filigree and clusters of granulation along the length, coiled wire collars and a large granule finial. They have been executed in a high karat gold, ranging from 20-24. A spectacular example of Greek craftsmanship.
Provenance: Property of a North London gentleman; formerly with Christie's, New York, 8th of December 2008, lot 239;
Condition: Extremely fine.