Near Eastern Gold Pendant with Granules

A gold Near Eastern pendant from Ancient Bactria which was once an earring transformed in antiquity. The piece features a triangular form, composed of granulated rows – each row is one granule longer than the row above. A smaller granule has been placed on each ball along with two flat disc like shapes enriching the top of the triangle. The fish hook backing of the earring has been bent and sealed in antiquity to form a suspension loop.


Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Condition: Fine condition, earthly encrustation to the surface.
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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, 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 find out more about different metal decorative techniques please see our relevant blog post:Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 1.92 g
Dimensions L 1.8 x W 1.3 cm


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Reference: For a similar item,Chritie’s, Live Auction 2771, lot 228

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