Greek Hellenistic Gold Amphora Pendant


A fine Greek pendant in the shape of an amphora featuring intricate metalwork. Two gold spheres sit on either side of a hoop with a row of granulation curving around them and down to the bottom of the gold neck imitating handles. A cylindrical neck, enriched with delicate filigree, sits above a blue glass bead followed by an ovoid yellow hardstone and a spherical carnelian held in place by a gold pin. An additional loop has been later added in antiquity to the top for suspension.

Date: Circa 2nd-1st Century BC
Provenance: Ex Japanese gentleman deceased collection, 1970-2010.
Condition: Excellent condition


SKU: LD-469 Category: Tag:

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 deceased 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.

To find out more about different metal decorative techniques please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 2.32 g
Dimensions L 2.9 x W 1.8 cm


Semi-Precious Stones