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 and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Very 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-Western Asiatic Electrum Pendant with Garnets
A Near Eastern-Western Asiatic electrum pendant, modelled on both sides in the shape of two flat rhombi. The front displays two garnet inlays placed in the rhombus frames, four gold granules have been added to the bottom and side points. Attached below, later added in antiquity, is a cylindrical blue glass bead and a round carnelian bead further enriching the piece. A spiral loop has also been added later in antiquity to the top for suspension.
Condition: Fine condition.