Western Asiatic Gold, Turquoise and Carnelian Pendant

£ 350.00

A fine Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring two turquoise cabochon stone inlays. The stones are carved in a rhombus shape, each displaying a different hue of blue. Both stones are placed in gold rhombus shaped frames. The pendant is further enriched with a spherical carnelian bead attached to each side by a small rod of gold. The reverse is unadorned and features a small suspension hoop.

Date: 1st Millennium - 5th century BC
Condition: Fine Condition, repairs with some residue to right carnelian.


SKU: SM-37 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. Here a turquoise and carnelian were used, prized for their rich colours and beauty, but other stones such as garnet were popular. 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 1.3 g
Dimensions L 2.1 x W 1.0 cm


Semi-Precious Stones



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