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. The Repoussé and chasing techniques were used to create designs in high and low relief by hammering shapes into the metal from either the front or the reverse. Gold and silver jewellery were also enriched with 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.
Near Eastern Repoussé Gold Mount with a Bird
A Near Eastern gold sheet mount with a repoussé design including a bird. The top displays a bird, with the wing and head in profile, facing right. Below is a row of raised dots and to the base is a floral motif. The back is unadorned featuring a plain sheet of gold, two suspension holes are pierced horizontally through the bird and the dots.
Condition: Very fine, some earthly deposits on the surface.