Many grand civilizations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity is 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, electrum and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Fine granulation 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.
Near Eastern Applique with Blue Glass Beads
A finely rendered Near Eastern-Western Asiatic gold rosette disc applique, composed of a central medallion, enriched by gold granules, and framed by a band of blue glass beads. Each bead is attached to the central medallion by a gold wire, while a single blue glass bead centres the composition. The applique features a flat, unworked reverse with suspension loop attached. An extremely fine example of Near Eastern goldsmith art, such piece would have been originally part of a necklace or sewed to garments.
Condition: Fine. Suitable for modern wear with care.