Lapis lazuli stone was highly regarded in Mesopotamia and the Near East in general. Rulers and members of the elite had the custom of being buried with ornaments made partly or entirely of this semi-precious stone, originally from Afghanistan. The first use of this beautiful, vibrant rich blue stone dates back to the Neolithic, when it was first mined in Afghanistan and exported to the Mediterranean area and South Asia.
Near Eastern-Western Asiatic Lapis Lazuli Necklace
A beautiful Near-Eastern Western Asiatic restrung lapis lazuli necklace, which has been composed of uniform cylindrical beads. The beads feature a beautiful vibrant blue colour, with white striations. This and other similar beads are reputed to be from the Royal Tombs of Ur and found at the time of Wooley’s excavations.
Provenance: From the Robin Symes Gallery, Mayfair, pre 1999.
Condition: Good condition, suitable for wear with care. Consult professional jeweller for any alterations. The necklace has been restrung.