Western Asiatic Gold Pendant


A Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring three drop elements. This piece was originally an earring but was altered in antiquity to take the form of a pendant. The hook has been modified to form a suspension loop at the top. The main body of the pendant is formed of three hollow gold drops with capped ends. Two rows of granulation sit aligned in the crevices between the drops. Above features three small conical protrusions arranged horizontally. The outer two are hollow and would have once held a semi-precious stone. There is some warping and dents over the surface of the gold due to the age of the piece, and the outer two cones have twisted slightly out of alignment.

Date: Circa 1st Millenium BC
Provenance: Ex Japanese private collection, 1970-2010. Deceased.
Condition: Fine Condition. There are some small dents over the surface of the pendant due to the age of the piece and the outer two cones have twisted slightly out of alignment.

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SKU: MJ-66 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 1.54 g
Dimensions L 2.6 x W 0.6 cm



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