Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Pair of Gold Earrings with Granules


A pair of stunning Near Eastern-Western Asiatic matching pair of solid gold earrings, each enriched by clusters of gold granules. This type of earrings originated between the 2nd and 1st Millennium BC. The shape of such earring became extremely popular across many different ancient cultures such as Etruscan, Greek, Roman, Parthian and Sasanian. The earrings are modelled using high karat gold, around 22-24 karat.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium-5th Century BC
Condition: Fine, the original closing mechanism missing. The earrings are suitable for modern wear through the application of a stud or loop. Please consult a professional jeweller for alterations.

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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 and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Very fine granulation 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 9.8 g
Dimensions L 2 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 1984.175.33a, b.

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