Large Ancient Greek Gold, Carnelian and Glass Pendant


A finely modelled Ancient Greek gold pendant with glass and carnelian beads. Its centre features a circular blue glass bead with a white stripe across the middle, affixed between two orange pieces of glass which are almost fully encased by conical caps formed from thin sheets of gold. Vertical rows of fine granulation further enrich the top cap. Dangling from the bottom is an ovoid carnelian bead with a delicate gold, granulated bead. A loop has been attached to the top for suspension.

Date: Circa 4th - 3rd Century BC
Provenance: From a late Japanese specialist collector, 1970-2000s.
Condition: Fine 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.

To discover more on ancient jewellery techniques, please see our relevant blog: Decorative Metalwork Techniques.

Weight 5.3 g
Dimensions L 5.2 cm




Semi-Precious Stones

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