Western Asiatic Gold, Carnelian and Glass Pendant


A fine Western Asiatic pendant featuring a gold circular centre which extends outwards to form a large loop which splits at the top used for suspension. The piece is further enriched with six gold wires, all out stretched, holding a small carnelian bead while the bottom two also feature a light blue glass bead. Each drop ends with the wire bent to form a loop holding the beads in place.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Fine condition, minor repairs to wires and some oxidisation.

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SKU: LD-505 Category:

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 2.61 g
Dimensions L 2.5 x W 2.1 cm



Semi-Precious Stones


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