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 and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Fine granulation, as we can see on this item, 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.
Assyrian Gold and Agate Pendant
A fine Assyrian pendant modelled from gold featuring a domed top embellished with granulation in the shape of three triangles. Underneath, a gold wire coil holds in place a cylindrical banded agate stone. An electrum gold pin, with a loop to the top for suspension, passes through the stone with a gold granule at the bottom.
Condition: Excellent condition