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, 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.
Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Gold Earrings
A finely modelled Near Eastern-Western Asiatic matching pair of gold earrings, composed of gold granules arranged in a pyramid-like shape. Each earring features a gold hook to the back for attachment. The earring is modelled using high karat gold, around 22-24 karat.
Condition: Fine. Suitable for modern wear.