Many grand civilizations 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. Here a turquoise and carnelian were used, prized for their rich colours and beauty, but other stones such as garnet were popular. 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.
Western Asiatic Gold Oval Pendant
A Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring a large flat oval shape with a slight midrib which protrudes upwards. A horizontal tubular bead is displayed at the top for suspension. The reverse is smooth and unadorned.
Provenance: From a late Japanese specialist collector, 1970-2000’s
Condition: Fine condition, some earthly encrustation to the surface. Minor chip to the side.