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 down to the bottom of the gold imitating handles. A conical neck, enriched with delicate filigree, sits above a blue glass bead followed by 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


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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.

Weight 2.28 g
Dimensions L 2.6 x W 1.8 cm



Semi-Precious Stones


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