Western Asiatic Gold, Coral and Garnet Pendant


A Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring a large hollow sphere enriched with three clusters of granules even dispersed around the centre. Displayed below is a drop pendant consisting of a coral bead and garnet bead held in place with a small cluster of granules. A loop has been attached, later in antiquity, to the top for suspension.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Provenance: Japanese (deceased) gentleman’s private collection, 1970-2010
Condition: Fine condition


SKU: LD-675 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. 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 1.5 g
Dimensions L 2.5 cm



Semi-Precious Stones


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