Western Asiatic Gold and Jasper Rhombus Pendant


A Western Asiatic gold pendant in the shape of a raised rhombus. The piece displays a polished jasper body with a conical gold sheet sleeve. The sleeve is decorated with a border of granules and has a loop at the top for suspension. A pin features through the pendant and terminates with an electrum bead and a flower-shaped granular bead holding the jasper in place.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Provenance: From a late Japanese specialist collector, 1970-2000s.
Condition: Fine condition, the gold sleeve is damaged on one side

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Many grand civilisations 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 2.04 g
Dimensions L 2.6 x W 1.1 cm



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