An exquisite Western Asiatic gold swivel pendant, featuring a bright orange round coral bead. The pendant comprises a hollow-formed U-shaped hoop, with a vertical attachment which tapers into a thin wire modelled into a loop for suspension, with a coil at its base. The hoop features two rounded terminals, pierced to accommodate a separate gold bar for the swivel, with a longitudinally pierced coral round bead. The swivel, more commonly found in rings than pendants, is Phoenician and Egyptian in origin and was extremely popular across the Mediterranean basin in Antiquity, with similar items having been found in Cyprus, Greece and Etruria. Weight: 3.66 g.
Date: Circa 1st Millennium-5th Century BC