Western Asiatic Gold Pendant with Banded Agate Bead
A fine Western Asiatic gold pendant, featuring a banded agate cylindrical bead and a decorated gold bead. The large oval hollow gold bead sits at the base of the pendant, decorated with a central band of granulation arranged in a repetitive small cluster pattern with two smaller bands of granulation to the top and bottom. Fine gold twisted wire frame either side of the bead with the agate bead positioned just above and the pendant ending in a hook for suspension.
Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC Condition: Very fine, suitable for modern wear with care.
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, 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.
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