Large Western Asiatic Gold, Garnet and Glass Pendant


A Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring a large hollow cylindrical shape moulded from gold embellished with different metal work techniques. The centre of the gold displays a round stippled element with two cabochon garnets on either side set in gold frames. The central element is framed with delicate filigree on either side leading to a cylindrical shape which tapers in at the middle. The piece is further enriched with three bands at either end, the central one being a row of small granules. Above sits an openwork gold bead while a dark red glass bead is attached at the bottom. The thick pin, which has been twisted at the top for suspension, has been threaded through the beads to hold them in place. The pendant ends with gold domes and small granules.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Condition: Very fine condition, some residue can be seen on the lower gold section and the bottom part of the glass bead attaching the two pieces together.


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Many grand civilizations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity are 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 and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Very 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.

To discover more on ancient metalwork, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 4.38 g
Dimensions L 3.8 cm



Semi-Precious Stones


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