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, 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.
Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Gold Pendant
A finely modelled Near Eastern-Western Asiatic gold pendant, composed of a gold granule frame, arranged in a pyramid-like shape. Situated within its centre is a rhomboid, decorated with a large granule. A further five granules hand from the base and two decorate the looped attachment to the top. The pendant features a loop to the back for attachment. The pendant has been modelled using high karat gold, around 22-24 karat. Originally an earring, the loop attachment has been joined to make a wearable pendant.