Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Gold Pendant with Granules


An extremely fine and substantial Near Eastern-Western Asiatic double-faced gold pendant, modelled in an extremely fine openwork technique, with the pendant’s body further enriched by gold granules. The suspension loop to the top of the pendant has been remodelled in Antiquity  to allow wear.


Date: Circa 1st Millennium-5th Century BC
Condition: Good condition. Suitable for modern wear with care.

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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 discover more about gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Jewellery in Antiquity.

Weight 4.5 g
Dimensions L 2.5 cm



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