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 Leaf-Shaped Pendant
A beautiful Near Eastern-Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring a suspension loop to the top. The pendant is finely modelled in a leaf-like shape, further enriched by a delicate decoration comprising a drop-like motif and gold granules. Such pendant has been adapted from an earring in ancient times, with the suspension loop modelled from ancient gold.
Condition: Fine. Suitable for modern wear with care.