Pair of Parthian Gold Earrings


A pair of stunning Parthian gold earrings, each enriched with gold granules and filigree detailing. Each earring is composed of a hoof-shaped body and a hinged ear hoop. One of the earrings is decorated with four large granules and delicate gold wiring wrapped around the upper parts. The other earring displays three trefoil granules beneath the hinge and two on the sides of the earring as well as a large singular granule in the middle. Braided gold wiring features beneath the clustered granules on the upper halves.

Weight of each earring: 5.32g and 3.37g

Date: Circa 3rd-1st century BC
Provenance: From a late Japanese specialist collector, 1970-2000s.
Condition: Very fine condition. Intact except for a second hinge to keep the hoop closed


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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 8.69 g
Dimensions L 2.2 x W 1 cm



Reference: For a similar item,Christie’s auction, 1 October 2014, Lot 153

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