A Hellenistic Gold Pendant, ca. 1st century BC

of high carat gold the circular pendant bordered by an intricate rope design, the center of the pendant containing a circle of plain gold wire with the surrounding wire carefully molded into an almost star shaped design; the ends terminating in volutes, offered with 18K yellow gold modern chain. A superb example.

Background: When Alexander the Great conquered the Persian empire in 331 BC, his domain extended from Greece to Asia Minor, Egypt, India and the Near East. This unprecedented contact with distant cultures not only spread Greek styles across the known world, but also exposed Greek art and artists to new and exotic influences. Starting with innovations in Greek jewelry. A wide variety of jewelry types were produced in the Hellenistic period including earrings, necklaces, pendants, pins, bracelets, armbands, thigh bands, finger rings, wreaths, diadems, and other elaborate hair ornaments. In Hellenistic times jewelry often passed from generation to generation as family heirlooms. And occasionally, it was dedicated at sanctuaries as an offering to the gods. 

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A beautifully delicate example of fine craftsmanship

Dimensions: Pendant Diameter: 1 inch (2.54 cm), Chain Drop length: 8.5 inches (21.39 cm)

Provenance:  Ex. Taisei Gallery Collection auction, Nov. 1992, NYC. Lot #86.


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