Western Asiatic Gold Heart-Shaped Pendant with Carnelian
A fine Western Asiatic pendant, featuring a thin gold sheet cut in the shape of heart with a central raised ridge. The pendant is further embellished with a blue circular glass bead and a barrel-shaped carnelian bead underneath. A gold granule finishes the pendant, holding the beads in place. A loop has been attached to the top of the gold sheet, added later in antiquity, for suspension.
Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC – 1st Millennium AD Provenance: Private collection of a deceased Japanese gentleman (1970-2010). Condition: Fine condition.
Many grand civilisations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity are 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, 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.
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