Near Eastern Gold Earrings with Granules

£ 450.00

A delicate pair of gold Near Eastern earrings, from Ancient Bactria. Each earring takes a triangular form, composed of granulated rows – each row is one granule longer than the row above. Two concave, round bezels enrich the top of the triangle. Semi precious stones or glass paste may have once filled this inlay. A long suspension ‘s’ shape loop extends from the top of the earring ending in a rounded terminal.

 

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Condition: Very fine condition.

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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.

Weight 3.40 g
Dimensions W 1.3 x H 1.9 cm
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Reference: For a similar item, see top right: Christie's, Live Auction 2771, Lot 228

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