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. 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.
Western Asiatic Gold and Turquoise Pendant
A fine Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring a floral design consisting of four turquoise stone inlays. The stones are carved into a circle with two paisley’s underneath and an upside-down teardrop shape at the bottom. Each are set in a gold frame enriched with a row of delicate granulation enclosing the pendant. A gold loop has been attached to the top for suspension, the back is unadorned.
Provenance: Ex Japanese gentleman deceased collection, 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine condition, some earthly encrustation to the surface, a few scratched to the back.