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 Gold Pendant with Rhombi Motif
A Near Eastern-Western Asiatic gold pendant, modelled on both sides in the shape of two flat rhombi, ending in four flattened gold loops, two at each side. The bead features a ribbed, cylindrical suspension loop to the top. Such bead would have been part of elaborate necklaces, bracelets or sewed to garments and robes.
Condition: Fine with some earthly encrustations. Suitable for modern wear.