A fine Western Asiatic gold pendant featuring a circular polished garnet bead. The small suspension hoop is attached to a square base, below which a gold leaf cone partially envelopes a garnet bead. The elements are pierced through the centre for suspension and terminate in a small gold nodule. Ridging has been used to decorate the suspension loop and it’s square base. A ridged band also concludes the gold leaf cone, further embellishing the pendant.
Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC Condition: Fine condition, wearable. The gold sheet has been damaged with age
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 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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