A Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring a rectangular gold sheet enriched with a central cabochon garnet inset placed in a gold frame. To the reverse, two vertical cylindrical hoops used for attachments, now connected to a gold loop added in antiquity. A hoop hangs from the loop for suspension.
Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC Condition: Fine condition
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, electrum and silver jewellery would have been enriched with gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays along with detailed engravings.
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