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, 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.
Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Gold Rosette Ring
A finely rendered Near Eastern Western Asiatic finger ring modelled in gold, and featuring a circular loop and a rosette-shaped bezel, rendered through gold granules. Fine wirework enriches the ring to either side of the bezel. Rosettes were a popular decorative motif applied on jewellery across many ancient civilisations. Similar gold rings, with rosette-shaped bezels, have been recovered from the ancient region of Bactria, dating to the Hellenistic period. Closest UK ring size: H.
Provenance: Ex Major London collection, collected by S.M, 1970-2010
Condition: Fine condition, slight damage to some of the granules.