Near Eastern Leaf Shaped Pendant


A fine Near Eastern-Western Asiatic gold pendant modelled in the shape of a leaf. The pendant features a hollow body which tapers to a point creating the leaf-like appearance. Gold granules further enrich the piece, placed in four vertical rows from the top to the bottom. A loop has been added to the top for suspension.

Date: Circa 1st Millenium BC
Condition: Very fine condition, slight dents and encrustation to the body. A small hole can be seen where the loop is attached.


SKU: LD-418 Category: Tags: ,

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 1.59 g
Dimensions L 1.9 x W 1.1 cm



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