Western Asiatic Electrum Pendant with Granule Decoration


A Western Asiatic electrum pendant enriched with granulation. This piece was originally an earring but was altered in antiquity to take the form of a pendant. The hook has been modified to form a suspension loop at the top. The body displays a triangular shape, formed by five outsplayed rods, each ending with an applied flattened granule. A large granule featured at the centre with a sightly smaller one on either side. The piece is further enriched with rows of granules along the rods, flattened granules and above the central granule taking a triangular shape. The reverse is flat and unadorned.

Date: Circa 3rd - 2nd Millenium BC
Provenance: Ex Japanese private collection, 1970-2010. Deceased.
Condition: Excellent Condition. Crack across the top of the right rod.

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SKU: MJ-60 Category: Tag:

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 find out more about different metal decorative techniques please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 1.35 g
Dimensions L 1.80 x W 1.30 cm



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