Western Asiatic Gold Granulation and Garnet Pendant


A fine Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring a central garnet inset framed by a delicate row of granulation. A further larger band of granulation encloses the pendant attached by six rows of granulation extending out from the garnet. This design is mirrored on the reverse. A loop with a hoop has been attached to the top for suspension.

Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Fine condition


SKU: LD-371 Category: Tags: ,

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 1.7 g
Dimensions L 2.1 x W 1.2 cm


Semi-Precious Stones


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