Western Asiatic Gold Triangular Pendant

£ 295.00

A fine Western Asiatic gold pendant from the ancient region of Bactria. The pendant is comprised of a triangular shaped gold sheet which tapers towards the top leading to the fish hook backing which has be bent and sealed in antiquity to form a loop for suspension. Three finely modelled gold domed granules are stacked in a vertical row at the top of the triangle and another five are arranged horizontally at the base. The back is flat and unadorned.

Date: Circa 3rd – 2nd Millennium BC
Condition: Very fine condition, some earthly encrustation and slight scratches are visible to the surface.


SKU: LD-416 Category: Tag:

Many grand civilizations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity is 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, semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Fine granulation, as we can see on this piece, 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 find out more about different metal decorative techniques please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 1.88 g
Dimensions L 2.4 x W 1.4 cm



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