Western Asiatic Gold Pendant


A finely modelled Western Asiatic pendant featuring a gold bead with an openwork frame. The gold bead displays a vertical ribbed design with two thin bands placed around the centre. Later in antiquity, a gold openwork frame has been placed over half of the bead, enriched with an oval pattern with a loop at the top for suspension.


Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Fine condition, encrustation at the base of the pendant.


SKU: WF-39 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 1.0 g
Dimensions L 1.8 cm



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