Lapis Lazuli Vase

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Lot 9162W
Lapis Lazuli Vase

Sold for US$ 3,300 inc. premium

Natural History

30 Apr 2008, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lapis Lazuli Vase
Lapis lazuli has been mined for centuries from a locality still in use today in the remote mountain valley called Kokcha, Afghanistan. First mined 6000 years ago, the rock was transported to Egypt and present day Iraq and later to Europe where it was used in jewelry and for ornamental stone. Europeans even ground down the rock into an expensive powdered pigment for paints called "ultramarine". Today ultramarine is manufactured artificially. Although now not the only source of lapis, the source in Afghanistan still produces the finest quality material.
This tall, elegant decorative vase of tapering baluster form is comprised of panels of deep blue Afghani lapis lazuli, raised on an octagonal foot, height 20 in.
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