Many grand civilisations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity is witnessed by the very sophisticated precious metal crafting of jewellery. Along with demonstrating a person’s wealth, some pieces were thought to have protective qualities or mysterious powers depending on the material or iconography used. The metal-work skills also evolved which allowed for more intricate designs. Hammering sheets of metal was an early popular technique to create different motifs. A range of designs were produced onto the jewellery including geometric, floral, mythological and the use of humans and animals.
Near Eastern Bronze Bifacial Pendant with Faces
A Near Eastern pendant cast from bronze featuring a hollow trapezoid with a loop to the top for suspension. Each side displays a facetted stylised face with the eyes, nose and mouth visible. On each of the bottom corners are protruding knobs however, one has now chipped off. Bright turquoise blue patination can be seen on the interior and exterior.
Provenance: Ex major S.M collection, London, 1970-2010
Condition: Fine condition, one of the protruding knobs is now missing