A beautiful Western Asiatic pendant, modelled in high karat gold, comprised of a cluster of small, globular beads held together by delicate gold wiring including two pearls, a turquoise bead and a garnet bead. A gold loop with a decorative band of granulation is present to the top for suspension. Below the cluster hangs a larger pendant featuring a thin sheet of gold finely modelled, with a spherical rock crystal partially encased below.
Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC Condition: Fine condition.
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 and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Very 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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