Many grand civilisations 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, much like these garnets.
Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Gold and Garnet Earring
A delicate Near Eastern-Western Asiatic earring cast from gold featuring an oval loop which has been further enriched with two garnet beads and a gold disc in between. A gold chain dangles below, connected to a leaf-shaped pendant with sides which are slightly flattened.
Provenance: Ex Japanese gentleman deceased collection, 1970-2010
Condition: Fine condition.