Pair of Western Asiatic Gold and Garnet Earrings


A beautifully modelled pair of Western Asiatic gold earrings from the ancient region of Bactria. Each earring comprises very fine gold granules arranged in a pyramid-like shape, further enriched by two cabochon garnets, held by a gold cell, one at each side of the pendant’s body.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium BC
Provenance: From a London collection 1980's-1990's, Astarte Gallery 1980's.
Condition: Very fine, suitable for modern wear with care.


SKU: CS-328 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, electrum and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass, semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Fine granulation, as we can see on this piece, 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.

To discover more about gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Jewellery in Antiquity.

Weight 3.2 g
Dimensions H 2 cm



Semi-Precious Stones

Reference: For a similar item, see Christie’s, 13th December 2013, Auction 2771, Lot 2013

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