Western Asiatic Gold Pendant with Glass Beads


A fine gold Western Asiatic pendant featuring a large crescent shaped bead with a loop above for suspension. A drop pendant is displayed below and consists of a yellow glass bead, a gold bead and a light blue glass bead. A gold leaf shaped terminal sits at the base completing the composition.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Provenance: Ex Japanese gentleman’s deceased collection, 1970-2010
Condition: Very fine condition, one side of the leaf pendant is slightly misshapen due to age.


SKU: LD-626 Category:

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 featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Here a turquoise and carnelian were used, prized for their rich colours and beauty, but other stones such as garnet were popular. 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.

Weight 0.84 g
Dimensions L 2.8 x W 1.1 cm




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