Western Asiatic Gold Granule Pendant


A Western Asiatic gold pendant with fine granulation. The body of the pendant displays a hollow rhombus shape with small circular elements at either end. Small granules decorate the perimeter and also form a smaller rhombus at the centre on both sides. On top of the rhombus is six bands of granulation of different sizes with an upright ring of granules above. A gold ring has been attached to the top, in antiquity, for suspension. Two gold rods have been curved to create a handle-like impression to the upper section of the pendant.

Date: Circa 1st Millenium BC
Provenance: Ex Japanese private collection, 1970-2010. Deceased.
Condition: Fine condition. The pendant has warped and so has a slight curve. Minor dent to the centre and side of the rhombus. There are some earthly encrustations in some of the smaller crevices.

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SKU: MJ-61 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 3.10 g
Dimensions L 3.10 x W 0.90 cm



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