Western Asiatic Granular Gold Bead


A small, Western Asiatic, gold bead, featuring seven granules arranged around a central perforation. Each granule is composed of two gold leaf semispheres, with the seams still visible. Such beads would have been part of an elaborate necklace or bracelet.

N.B. Please note the small dimensions of this piece.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Provenance: Ex major London collection collected by S.M. 1970-99
Condition: Very fine condition and intact. The seams of the granules are visible and some display small cracks

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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.

To find out more about different metal decorative techniques please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 0.37 g
Dimensions L 0.9 x W 0.3 cm



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