Western Asiatic Gold Rhombi Pendant with Garnets

£ 375.00

A Western Asiatic gold pendant, modelled on both sides in the shape of two flat rhombi. Four garnet inlays have been placed, two on the front and two on the back, in rhombus frames, and four gold circular shapes have been added to the bottom and side points. A ridged cylindrical bead has been attached to the two top corners of the shapes for suspension.

Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Fine condition, slight cracking the gold suspension loop. The garnets have been reattached into the frames.

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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 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.

To discover more on ancient metalwork, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 1.20 g
Dimensions L 1.4 x W 1.8 cm


Semi-Precious Stones


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