Western Asiatic Gold Pendant with Fine Openwork Design
An exquisite Western Asiatic gold hollow pendant featuring a fine openwork design at the centre and domes with protruding ends. Two continuous vertical bands of figure of eights decorate the centre. The pattern is further embellished by three bands of double-layered twisted filigree either side of the openwork design. At each end of the pendant are a small protruding granule. A gold wire is finely twisted into a spring used as a suspension loop.
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 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, electrum and silver jewellery would have been enriched with gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays along with detailed engravings.
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