Western Asiatic Gold and Garnet Pendant

£ 495.00

A fine Near Eastern-Western Asiatic pendant modelled in gold with a suspension loop to the top. The jewel features an intricate decoration comprising of two coiled wire drops ending in gold domes. Further enrichments include three gold spikes at the top, one now missing, in which two would have once held inlays. Above sits a gold bead, garnet bead and bead formed from two rows of granules.

Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Fine condition.

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SKU: LD-495 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.

To discover more about gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Jewellery in Antiquity.

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

Weight 2.16 g
Dimensions W 0.9 x H 2.9 cm


Semi-Precious Stones


Reference: For a similar item, see Christie’s, 13th December 2013, Auction 2771, Lot 2013

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