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 Gold Pendant with Garnet and Pearls
An elaborate Near Eastern pendant, modelled in high karat gold, in the shape of a flower. The pendant is composed of a central flowed-shaped body, centred by a pink garnet inset. From the body, four cone-shaped pendants extend, modelled from a thin layer of gold, each ending in a single pearl. The suspension loop to the top of the pendant has been remodelled in Antiquity to allow wear.
Condition: Extremely fine, suitable for moder wear wth care.