Western Asiatic Gold and Glass Pendant

£ 495.00

A fine Western Asiatic pendant comprised of a central electrum design featuring two vertical parallel strips connected by two domes and a cluster of granules. Six hollow spheres have been placed along the edges, three on each side. Three gold wires, two at the bottom and one at the top, have been added in antiquity. They each extend outwards and are enriched with coloured glass beads. The bottom two protrusions each hold a light blue glass bead followed by a carnelian bead and then a further light blue bead. The top wire has been twisted to form a loop for suspension and is decorated with a green and deep blue bead.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Fine condition, some of the spheres are slightly dented and have small holes. The top dome also has a hole.

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SKU: LD-466 Category: Tag:

Many grand civilisations 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 featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Fine granulation, as we can see on this piece, 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 1.63 g
Dimensions L 3.4 x W 1.3 cm




Semi-Precious Stones


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