As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth, social status and privilege. The Achaemenid Empire was famous in Antiquity for its richness of gold and precious stones. Both in Greek and Persian societies, jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the deceased as part of their funerary outfit.
Eastern Greek Golden Leaf Shaped Pendant
A beautiful Eastern Greek or Achaemenid Empire gold pendant featuring a suspension loop to the top. The pendant has been finely modelled into a leaf-like shape, further enriched by delicate gold wire arranged in scroll motifs. Such pendants were most likely to have been originally used as an earring in ancient times, later adapted in antiquity with the suspension loop modelled from ancient gold.
Condition: Very fine, suitable for modern wear with care.