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
A finely modelled Ancient Greek Hellenistic hollow gold miniature pendant of an amphora. The pendant displays a bottom cluster of gold granules, topped by the amphora shaped element, featuring a ribbed decoration to the lower part and handles modelled from gold wire in an S shape, and a ribbed hoop to the top for attachment. The pendant might have originally being part of an earring: earrings with amphorae pendants have been largely recovered from Greek and roman territories. A truly marvellous and quaint example of gold working in Ancient Greece during the Hellenistic period.
Condition: Extremely fine, suitable for modern wear with care.