Many grand civilisations 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. Although the meaning behind the inscription on this ring cannot be translated, it might be driven from the ancient Persian language known as Pahlavi, used from the 4th century BC until the Sasanian Empire, 7th century AD.
Western Asiatic-Near Eastern Ring with Amethyst Intaglio
A Western Asiatic-Near Eastern gold finger ring, featuring a round loop with expanding shoulders and a relatively high oval bezel, set with a dark amethyst cabochon. The amethyst has been inscribed, possibly in Pahlavi, the ancient Persian language. Closest UK ring size M 1/2.
Provenance: Ex Abelita family collection, 1970s-2000s.
Condition: Extremely fine, suitable for modern wear with care.