Parthian Gold Earrings with Garnet and Hardstone

GBP 1,695.00

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Object Description

An extremely fine and elaborate matching pair of Parthian high karat gold earrings, each featuring a hinged strap hoop, a globular body and a reversed tear-drop shaped pendant. The body of each earrings comprises a hollow, large gold bead, embellished by cabochon garnet insets of circular and tear-drop shapes. Further embellishments include stylised daisies, rendered thorough small gold granules. Daisy-like ornaments and fillers were a popular decorative motif since the Hellenistic period. Each garnet medallion has been framed by a delicate twisting gold wire. The central gold bead extends to a reversed tear drop shaped hollow gold pendant, featuring a coiled gold wire at its end, and a band of red insets, possibly glass paste or coral, at its top. Each pendant is further enriched by a cluster of gold granules. These superb earrings witness the absolute mastery of Parthian goldsmiths.

Date: Circa 2nd-4th Century AD

Object Condition

Extremely fine, suitable for modern wear with care. Two small stones missing from lower part of pendant. Consult a professional jeweller for alterations.

Object Details

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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