Western Asiatic Gold Granule Pendant

£ 500.00

A Western Asiatic gold pendant in the shape of a raised rhombus. The piece is outlined with a row of gold granules with a small rhombus presented in the middle. The pattern is repeated on the reverse but is now missing parts of the granulation due to age. Two circles have been applied to the side points and decorated with further granules. A loop has been added to the top for suspension and a large granule is present at the bottom.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Condition: Fine condition, some granules now missing with age.

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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 2.16 g
Dimensions L 2.8 x W 1.4 cm



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