Western Asiatic Electrum Gold Pendant


A fine Western Asiatic electrum gold pendant consisting of multiple lozenges, highlighted by rows of granules, arranged in a pattern. Two circular shapes, again formed by granules, feature on the bottom corners of the pendant. The reverse is unadorned with an uneven surface. A tubular bead has been applied to the top with a gold loop, added in antiquity, for suspension.

Date: 1st Millenium - 5th Century BC
Condition: Fine Condition

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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 different metal decorative techniques see our blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques 

Weight 1.2 g
Dimensions L 2.3 x W 1.2 cm




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