Western Asiatic Gold Pendant with Openwork Design


A fine Western Asiatic gold hollow pendant featuring an openwork design at the centre. The pendant presents two domes at either end embellished with a cluster of granules on the peak of the domes. Two continuous vertical bands displaying figure of eights decorate the centre. The pattern is further enriched with three bands of double-layered twisted filigree either side of the openwork design. A coiled loop has been attached to the top for suspension.

Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Provenance: Ex Japanese private collection, deceased, 1970-2010
Condition: Fine condition.

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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. Granulation and filigree, were at the centre of Near Eastern and Western Asiatic jewellery production and were later adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.

Weight 0.8 g
Dimensions L 1.4 x H 0.9 cm



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