Western Asiatic Pendant with Granulation and Garnets


A delicate Western Asiatic pendant modelled from gold featuring two spherical balls placed next to each other, enriched with granulation covering the whole surface. Two rods of gold, attached to the spheres, meet at the centre. Two cabochon garnets are placed in gold frames with granulation on either side. A loop has been added to the top later in antiquity for suspension.

Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Very fine condition.


SKU: LD-303 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 featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. 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 2.7 g
Dimensions L 1.9 x W 1.4 cm


Semi-Precious Stones


You may also like…