Near Eastern Gold Coiled Hair Ring with Coral


A delicate Near Eastern hair ring moulded from a single rod of gold. Its flat body has been shaped into a tight spiral with each end decorated with a small square of vibrant orange coral. The stones have been carefully carved with a geometric design and placed on both sides of the gold terminals. Gold rings of this type would have probably been used in antiquity as hair ornaments, or as part of bracelets and bangles.


Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Condition: Very fine Condition


SKU: SM-43 Category: Tag:

Western Asia produced very sophisticated and detailed jewellery crafted from gold, silver and copper. Gold would have been hammered down to a thin layer and manipulated into different shapes. Gold, silver and electrum jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings.

Coral, known for its vibrant orange and red hues, was a semi-precious material within the Ancient World. The original species was found mostly in the Mediterranean Sea and harvested, to be used in jewellery, as inlays or cabochons. Although naturally matte, it can be polished to give it a luminous shine. The Ancient Greeks labelled coral as ‘Gorgeia’, belonging to the Gorgons. It was believed that the hero Perseus, having slain Medusa, placed her head on the shore. In doing so, her poisonous blood had turned the surrounding seaweed and rushes into coral.

Weight 1.3 g
Dimensions L 2.0 x W 1.4 cm




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