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.
Western Asiatic Lapis Lazuli Necklace
A beautiful Near Eastern-Western Asiatic lapis lazuli necklace, composed of uniform cylindrical beads ending in a silver plated clasp. The beads feature a vibrant blue colour with white striations. The necklace has been restrung and is suitable to wear. This and other similar beads are reputed to be form 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 alteration. The necklace has been restrung.