As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness. In Ancient Greek culture, jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the decease as part of his or her funerary outfit. Jewellery might have been enriched by precious and semi-precious stones and decorative motives would have included popular myths, gods, goddesses, and heroes. Jewellery such as this beautiful miniature pendant was crafted and intended for everyday use, instead of being destined exclusively to a funerary purpose.
Ancient Greek Gold Miniature Amphora Pendant
An ancient Greek Hellenistic hollow gold pendant, finely modelled in the shape of a miniature amphora. The pendant stands on a flat, out-splayed foot from which its small waisted body raises, featuring two S-shaped handles enriched by gold granules. To the top, the piece presents a tubular suspension loop, embellished with gold granules at each side. The pendant might have originally being part of an earring: earrings with amphorae pendants have been largely recovered from Greek and roman territories.
Condition: Very fine condition, some earthly encrustations remain on the surface.