A finely modelled Near Eastern-Western Asiatic gold pendant, featuring a rhombus shape and a ribbed suspension loop to the top. The bead appears decorated on both sides with a delicate granulation, with further enrichments to the bead’s sides in the form of clusters of gold granules. Such bead would have been part of elaborate necklaces, bracelets or sewed to garments and robes.
Date: Circa 1st Millennium -5th century BC Condition: Fine. Suitable for modern wear.
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.
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