Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Single Gold Earring with Granules


A nicely modelled Near Eastern-Western Asiatic gold single earring, featuring a thick loop, slightly bulging at the centre, and a drop-like pendant composed of gold granules, arranged in a clustered shape. This type of earrings originated between the 2nd and 1st millennium BC, possibly coming from ancient Persia. The shape of such earring became extremely popular across many different ancient cultures such as Etruscan, Greek, Roman, Parthian and Sasanian. The earring is modelled using high karat gold, around 22-24 karat.


Date: From the 2nd millennium until first centuries AD
Condition: Complete and intact. The earring is suitable for modern wear with modern hook applied. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.


SKU: LD-157 Category: Tag:

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 2.3 g
Dimensions W 1.1 x H 1.5 cm



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