Western Asiatic Carnelian, Glass and Gold Pendant


A Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring an electrum openwork bead with a delicate circular design. Above the bead, sits two smaller beads produced from light blue glass and carnelian. The three elements are pierced and held in place by a gold pin that has been twisted at the top. A further loop has been attached for suspension.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Very fine condition with some damage to the openwork along with earthly encrustation.

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Many grand civilizations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity are 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.

To discover more on ancient metalwork, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative  Metalwork Techniques

Weight 0.58 g
Dimensions L 1.9 x W 0.5 cm




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