Ancient Greek Gold Bird Pendant

GBP 575.00

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Object Description

A very fine ancient Greek, Hellenistic gold pendant featuring a bird-shaped body composed of two sheets of gold. The repoussé feathers cover the gold bead, allowing an attractive interplay of light across the surface. A circular bezel, that formerly contained dark red glass, decorates one side of the pendant. The piece is further enriched with two dangling elements: one featuring a double-granulated gold bead above a grey-tone pearl, the other a granulated gold bead and an oblong polished garnet. A ribbed loop has been added at the top for suspension. A marvellous example of the high skilled gold smithery in ancient Greece during the Hellenistic period.

Date: 5th-3rd century BC

Object History

Acquired 1970-2010. Collection of a late Japanese gentleman.

Object Condition

Very fine condition. The glass bead decorating the centre of the bird is partly missing

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:2.5 x H:2.8 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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